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A Bismarck man has been ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for causing car accidents and attempting to pass the blame onto other drivers.

Marcus Lavallie on Monday pleaded guilty to felony charges of fraudulent insurance act and theft by deception, and a misdemeanor fraudulent insurance act. He was accused of causing accidents from July 2018 through November 2018 in which he collided with other vehicles and tried to make it look like it was the other driver’s fault. He also was accused of failing to disclose prior vehicle damage to the insurance company in an effort to receive more money than was owed, authorities said.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick ordered Lavallie to make restitution of $5,652. He suspended concurrent one-year jail sentences and placed Lavallie on probation for 1 ½ years. Lavallie also must complete a gambling addiction evaluation while on probation.

No attorney was listed for Lavallie in court documents.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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