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Former Minot Insurance Agent Sentenced for Wire Fraud

January 12, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on January 12, 2012, Alan R. Henning, 58, of Minot, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on three counts of wire fraud. Henning pleaded guilty to the charges on August 24, 2011.

Judge Hovland sentenced Henning to four years and three months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Henning was ordered to pay restitution of $1,175,713.60 and special assessments of $300 to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

From January 2004 through November 2010 Henning was employed as an insurance agent and general business manager with West McLean County Mutual Insurance Company in Minot. Henning used his position to divert funds from incoming premiums, created false or fraudulent policy claims and received unauthorized loans against company owned certificates of deposit. Henning would then wire the funds to
various individuals located in China, South Africa, Malaysia, Greece and the United Kingdom.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, North Dakota Insurance Department, North Dakota Insurance Commission Fraud Unit, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.





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