- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury has indicted the former chief of a Latimer County volunteer fire department with embezzlement.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday the indictment names 48-year-old Curtis Gregory Baker of Hartshorne.

Pruitt says Baker is accused of using funds belonging to the Higgins Volunteer Fire Department for personal purposes.

The department used a checkbook to pay for approved expenses that required two signatures. But from May 2011 to April 2103, the checkbook allegedly remained in Baker’s possession.

The investigation began after a state Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry audit raised questions about the department’s use of state funds.

Baker’s attorney, Joe White Jr., did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. If convicted, Baker could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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