US Fidelis founder Darain Atkinson pleads guilty again

2:08 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former owner of what was once among the nation's largest marketers of auto service contracts has pleaded guilty to federal charges, marking his second guilty plea in four days.

Darain Atkinson pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and filing false tax returns. Sentencing is July 12.

The federal charges against Darain Atkinson and his brother Cory Atkinson were announced Thursday, the same day Darain Atkinson pleaded guilty to state theft and fraud charges. Sentencing on the state charges is July 16.

The men were co-founders of US Fidelis, which collapsed in 2009 amid allegations of consumer fraud, and filed for bankruptcy two years ago.

Cory Atkinson's state case is scheduled to go to trial in September. A federal trial date has not been set.

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