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Wells Fargo last week agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor in which it will return more than $131.8 million to its retirement plan participants and pay a penalty of nearly $13.2 million.

“Our investigation found those responsible for Wells Fargo’s 401(k) plan paid more than fair market value for employer stock and, by doing so, betrayed the trust of the plan’s current and future retirees,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in a press release. “Today’s settlement shows the Department of Labor will act when we find retirement assets are misused and benefit plans suffer.”

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