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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has agreed to restore more than $27 million to three association-sponsored employee benefit plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  The agreement came on the heels of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration that found the association selected itself as a service provider to the plans, determined its own compensation and made payments to itself that exceeded the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s direct expenses in providing services to the plans, in violation of ERISA.

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