BISMARCK, N.D. — A Fargo man and a Bismarck man are accused in Cass County District Court and Burleigh County District Court, respectively, of causing accidents to obtain insurance proceeds.

According to information released by the North Dakota Insurance Department:

In 2017, the insurance department received a referral involving Scott D. Goebel Sr., 38, of Fargo.

An investigation conducted by the insurance department revealed that Goebel was allegedly causing accidents in the Fargo area from August 2016 through August 2018, with claims totaling $22,985.

Evidence obtained through the investigation showed that Goebel intentionally maneuvered his vehicle in a way that would not only cause an accident, but also make it appear to be the fault of the other driver, according to the insurance department, which added Goebel also failed to disclose any prior vehicle damage to the insurance company to receive more money from the company than was appropriate.

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Goebel faces one count of insurance fraud in Cass County District Court.

In a separate case, Marcus A. Lavallie, of Bismarck, who according to online court records is either 39 or 40, is charged in Burleigh County District Court with two counts of insurance fraud and one count of theft.

According to the insurance department, an investigation revealed that from July 2018 through November 2018 Lavallie allegedly caused accidents in the Bismarck area in an attempt to perpetrate insurance fraud totaling $5,652.

Evidence obtained through the investigation showed Lavallie would intentionally collide with another vehicle and make it look like the other vehicle was at fault, according to the insurance department, which added that Lavallie also failed to disclose any prior vehicle damage to the insurance company to receive more money from the company than was owed.

“People need to understand the seriousness of committing insurance fraud,” said Jon Godfread, North Dakota insurance commissioner.

“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime – it affects all of us," Godfread said, adding: "Individuals in North Dakota will not get away with committing insurance fraud with the work the department is doing and the strong partnerships we have with our county state’s attorneys across the state.”