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Published January 09, 2014, 08:19 PM

U.S. Marine Corps recruiter in Bismarck charged with felony arson and misdemeanor count of giving false information

A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter in Bismarck is accused of starting seven small fires in the recruiting station where he works and fabricating a story about the incident.

A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter in Bismarck is accused of starting seven small fires in the recruiting station where he works and fabricating a story about the incident.

Anthony DeGroot is charged with felony arson charge and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to law enforcement. He could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say DeGroot set fires in the recruiting station in a strip mall the day after Christmas, causing about $30,000 in damage.

They say he told police he had been knocked unconscious by a visitor and awoke to find himself duct-taped inside a building filling with smoke.

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