A jury found that the former mayor of Kingfisher, Okla., acted "intentionally and with malice" and "in reckless disregard to the rights of others" when he introduced a city contractor to an unlicensed insurance broker he said could provide the contractor with a performance bond. The contractor lost thousands of dollars when the city rebid the contract after learning the bond he had obtained was invalid. The jury ordered the former mayor to pay the contractor $500,000 in damages, while the city reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

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