Former Minot Insurance Agent Sentenced for Wire Fraud
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 Victimâ€™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.