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Oklahoman Published: January 17, 2013

Bixby man faces fraud charges

A Bixby businessman accused of stealing commissions from insurance agents working for his company now faces federal fraud charges. Christopher Bland, 36, owner of Business Consultants of South Tulsa, also is accused of opening bank accounts in the victim's names in order to access the money, according to a 26-count federal grand jury indictment. Oklahoma Insurance Department investigators, FBI agents and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrested Bland at his home on Tuesday. Bland faces 14 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of lying to a financial institution. The Insurance Department's Anti-Fraud Unit began a yearlong investigation after Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. made a police report. Bland is free on $5,000 bond and has yet to enter a plea.

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