insurance fraud charges filed against Cass Co. man

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Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread and the Cass County State's Attorney are filing insurance fraud charges against a man they claim caused vehicle accidents to get insurance money.

In 2017, the North Dakota Insurance Department received a referral regarding Scott Goebel and alleged insurance fraud.

A thorough and lengthy investigation conducted by the Department revealed that Goebel was allegedly causing accidents in the Fargo area from Aug. 2016 through Aug. 2018, totaling $22,985.

The evidence showed Goebel intentionally moved 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.

He then wouldn't disclose any prior vehicle damage to the insurance company to receive more money from the company than was owed.

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