2 face insurance fraud charges in ND

2 face insurance fraud charges in ND Click to Enlarge

Separate insurance fraud charges have been filed against two North Dakota men who allegedly tried to intentionally cause auto accidents.

According to State Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, from 2016 to 2018, Scott Goebel of Fargo caused accidents in the Fargo area totaling nearly $23,000.

Also, from July through November 2018, Marcus Lavallie of Bismarck allegedly caused accidents in the Bismarck area in an attempt to perpetrate fraud totaling more than $5,600.

In both cases, the men tried to make the accidents look like the other driver’s fault… and failed to disclose prior vehicle damage to the insurance company to receive more money than was owed.

Those cases are being prosecuted in county courts.

Godfread says insurance fraud costs U-S consumers between $80-120 billion each year. It is the second-most profitable crime in the U.S. behind only illegal drug sales.

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