ENID, Okla. -- Police are investigating a possible case of identity theft after Enid's former mayor allegedly used another man's identity to take out loans worth $265,000.
The Enid Police Department confirms they are investigating former Enid mayor Ernst "Ernie" Currier. The department has filed multiple search warrants through the Garfield County Courthouse in regards to the case.
According to court documents obtained by News 4, authorities first began investigating the allegations after a man said that his identity had been used to take out loans at Security National Bank (SNB.)
Officials say a loan for $125,000 and another worth $145,000 were taken out using the victim's name at Security National Bank. The victim told police that he never had a loan with SNB.
At the time, Currier was serving as the bank's senior vice president of commercial lending.
Currier told the victim it appeared to be a banking error. According to court documents, Currier told him "he would take care of the problem and not to worry about the issue."
He later admitted to using the man's name to take out the loans, and even told the victim what he had done was illegal. The victim says he apologized on the phone and told him it would not affect his credit.
Since then, authorities have seized items like Currier's cell phones and bank records as part of the ongoing investigation.
April Danahy, vice-president of corporate communications and HR at SNB, tells News 4 this has never happened before in bank's 112 years of service.
"Unfortunately, some things do happen, so we've been working side by side with the Enid Police Department and all law enforcement officials to get to the bottom of what actually has happened," said Danahy. "We really strive to make sure everybody's identity is left to the utmost security along with our own. We're doing everything we can to protect our customers."
Clint Claypole, an attorney for Currier, declined an on-camera interview with News 4 Thursday; however, he says they have been cooperating with police since the beginning of the investigation.
"We are committed to keeping those lines of communication open and look forward to cooperating fully with the investigation to ensure it can be completed as quickly and easily as possible," Claypole said in a statement.
As of Thursday, no criminal charges have been filed against Currier.