FARGO, N.D (KXNET) – The Cass County State’s Attorney’s office has charged a 58-year-old Casselton man with insurance fraud.

An anonymous tip kickstarted the investigation, during which the North Dakota Insurance Department’s Fraud Detection Division found Paul Joseph Baumler had filed 39 claims through multiple insurance carriers involving ATV accidents. Investigators determined that 14 of the 39 claims had “evidence of misrepresentation of the situation.”

The total payout Baumler received from his false claims was over $34,000 in total. It was noted that some of the claims investigated by the FDD dated back to the 1990s.

Insurance fraud is a Class B felony and carries a maximum penalty of either 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both.

The main inspection has been completed, and more information is expected to be released later.