BISMARCK — A Bismarck man was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty acting as a bail bond agent without a license following an investigation by the North Dakota Insurance Department.

Akeem Foster faced one count of a class C felony theft by deception and class A misdemeanor. Foster admitted to receiving money to bail individuals out of jail and retaining the money without bailing anyone out. The investigation revealed he obtained $2,250 from five victims in Burleigh County.

“Every case of fraud, no matter how big or small, is a huge problem because it adds up and affects all North Dakota consumers negatively,” Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said in a statement. “I’m proud of the work our Department investigators and attorneys have done and am grateful for the partnerships we’ve developed over the years with State’s Attorney’s offices across the state.”

Foster was sentenced to three years with the North Dakota Department of Corrections with all but two years suspended for 18 months of supervised probation and $2,250 in restitution, Godfread's office said.

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