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DL man gets probation for false insurance claims

A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony insurance fraud charge.

Bruce Norton Walla, 61, of 18185 Totland Road, Detroit Lakes, was given a stayed prison sentence on conditions including completion of up to 10 years of supervised probation, 15 days in jail and 30 days of electronic home monitoring (at his own expense), as well as payment of $1,085 in court fines and fees.

A second felony count of forgery was dismissed at sentencing.

Walla was accused of filing 15 false insurance claims through his business, Northland Auto Glass, for replacing windshields on his personal vehicles between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 29, 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, the claims totaled in excess of $22,000.