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Published August 27, 2013, 11:35 AM

Hope, ND mayor fined after illegal insurance rebates

The mayor Hope, ND was fined more than 57,000 dollars for illegally rebating customers of his insurance business with a trip to a Minnesota Vikings game.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

The mayor Hope, ND was fined more than 57,000 dollars for illegally rebating customers of his insurance business with a trip to a Minnesota Vikings game.

Gary Ihry will only have to pay 20,000 dollars of the fine as long as he commits no other violations during a one-year period. State law prohibits insurance producers from giving customers rebates on insurance premiums or giving them a "gift" if the retail value exceeds $50 per person, per year. Based on Ihry's share of the cost, each of his 21 customers received a 98 dollar benefit from him. Investigations found that customer appreciation dinners held in 2010 and 2011 resulted in more than 550 violations.

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