BNCCORP, INC. Announces Settlement with Insurers on Fraud Related Claim

Sep 20, 2012, 17:45 ET from BNCCORP, INC.

BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BNCCORP, INC. ("BNC" or the "Company") (OTC Markets: BNCC), announced today that it has executed a settlement agreement with its insurers related to BNC's claim that it had been defrauded. As previously reported in the second quarter of 2010, BNC discovered fraudulent activity by an external company that was servicing residential loans on behalf of BNC. Since that time, the Company has been pursuing a claim under its fidelity bond with its insurers, and the Company has agreed to settle its claim for $7.5 million. After reflecting the costs associated with pursuing and settling the claim, it is expected that BNC's third quarter pre-tax earnings will include approximately $5,000,000 of income related to this settlement.

About the Company

BNCCORP, INC., headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., is a registered bank holding company dedicated to providing banking and wealth management services to businesses and consumers in its local markets. The Company operates community banking and wealth management businesses in Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota from 15 locations. BNC also conducts mortgage banking from 12 locations in Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota and Arizona. 

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