Heidi LaViolette, 42, was in an accident in Sand Lake on Nov.13, 2008, in which her car hit the side of an unoccupied house.After suffering a broken ankle, fractured rib, and collapsed lungduring the accident, she filed an application for no-fault benefitsseeking compensation for both medical expenses and lost wages.

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LaViolette claimed in her filing to have been the passenger inthe crash, but investigators determined that she was in fact thedriver. State police arrested her on charges of driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of anaccident. They loaded charges of insurance fraud and falsifyingbusiness records onto the list later.

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LaViolette faced 15 years in prison, but when she appeared incourt this October, the judge agreed to settle the charges againsther by requiring her to attend drug court. She will have tocomplete six months of residential rehabilitation, followed by 12to 18 months of drug treatment, which includes random drugtesting.

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