US Fidelis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en US Fidelis Co-Founder Gets Eight Years In Prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-fidelis-co-founder-gets-eight-years-prison <p>The St. Charles County man who once helped run the largest seller of extended <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/push-curb-auto-service-contract-scams">auto warranty contracts</a> will spend eight years in federal prison for bilking customers out of millions of dollars.</p><p>Darain Atkinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax charges in April. He was sentenced to the maximum of eight years today, and must also pay $4 million in restitution.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:54:03 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4695 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Fidelis Co-Founder Gets Eight Years In Prison US Fidelis former co-owner Atkinson gets 40 months in prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-fidelis-former-co-owner-atkinson-gets-40-months-prison <p>A former co-owner of auto service contract seller US Fidelis has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.</p><p>Cory Atkinson of Lake St. Louis, Mo., was sentenced Tuesday in St. Louis. He <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wentzville-based-us-fidelis-co-owner-pleads-guilty">pleaded guilty in June</a> to federal fraud and tax evasion charges. He also faces sentencing Sept. 28 on state charges of insurance fraud, consumer fraud and stealing.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:58:54 +0000 The Associated Press 4641 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Fidelis former co-owner Atkinson gets 40 months in prison Morning headlines: Monday, July 16, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-july-16-2012 <p><strong>Quinn to announce plan to address Illinois&#39; drought</strong></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn plans &nbsp;a visit to a southern Illinois farm today. The Illinois Farm Bureau says that so far, it&#39;s the sixth driest year on record. The average precipitation of the first half of the year was 12.6 inches. Much of Illinois&#39; corn and soybean crop is suffering. Farm officials say southern Illinois is experiencing the worst of it. &nbsp;Quinn is expected to detail whatever government relief may be available to drought-affected growers and ranchers.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:31:49 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 4122 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, July 16, 2012 US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty in federal case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-fidelis-co-owner-pleads-guilty-federal-case <p><strong>Updated at 6:15 am Wednesday with comments from U.S. attorney</strong></p><p>For the second time in four days, the former co-owner of a once prominent marketer of auto service contracts has pleaded guilty.</p><p>Cory Atkinson of Lake St. Louis, Mo., on Monday pleaded guilty to federal charges including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and filing false tax returns. On <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wentzville-based-us-fidelis-co-owner-pleads-guilty">Thursday, he pleaded guilty </a>to state charges that included insurance fraud and stealing.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:10:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Tim Lloyd 3934 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty in federal case Wentzville-based US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wentzville-based-us-fidelis-co-owner-pleads-guilty <p>The former co-owner of a once prominent&nbsp;marketer of auto service contracts has pleaded guilty to misleading&nbsp;consumers, insurance fraud and stealing.</p><p>Cory Atkinson&#39;s guilty plea was announced Thursday by Missouri&nbsp;Attorney General Chris Koster. Sentencing is Sept. 28 and Koster&#39;s office said Atkinson could get up to four years in prison.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:49:58 +0000 The Associated Press 3913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wentzville-based US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-april-19-2012 <p><strong>Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees</strong></p><p>More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US&nbsp; Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:53:17 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Alex King 3522 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012 US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty to federal charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-fidelis-co-owner-pleads-guilty-federal-charges <p>One of two brothers who owned the auto services contract giant US Fidelis has pleaded guilty to federal charges - just four days after <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-owner-us-fidelis-pleads-guilty-state-charges">admitting to a series of state charges</a>.</p><p>Darain Atkinson, 47, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one felony count of filing false tax returns.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:44:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3451 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Fidelis co-owner pleads guilty to federal charges Former owner of US Fidelis pleads guilty to state charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-owner-us-fidelis-pleads-guilty-state-charges <p><strong>Updated at 4:08 with comments from Attorney General Koster and Darain Atkinson&#39;s attorney.</strong></p><p><strong>Updated 3:58 with statement from the Better Business Bureau:</strong></p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:30:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3436 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former owner of US Fidelis pleads guilty to state charges US Fidelis founders face multiple felony indictments http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-fidelis-founders-face-multiple-felony-indictments <p>The millionaire brothers who ran US Fidelis, the country&rsquo;s largest auto-warranty service provider have been indicted on multiple felony charges.</p><p>Darain and Cory Atkinson founded US Fidelis in 2003 selling the kind of extended auto warranties often advertised in junk mail or TV.</p><p>Over a three-year period the Better Business Bureau received over a thousand complaints and 33,000 inquiries.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:41:53 +0000 Adam Allington 1444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Fidelis founders face multiple felony indictments Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stop-repair-bills-gets-over-200-complaints-garners-f-grade-bbb <p>The<a href="http://www.bbb.org/us/"> Better Business Bureau</a> received more than 200 complaints nationwide about an auto warranty marketer based in suburban St. Louis.</p><p><a href="http://stoprepairbills.com/index.php">Stop Repair Bills</a> of St. Peters also is getting an "F" grade from the Better Business Bureau.</p><p>The company markets auto repair plans, but Bill Smith, a trade practice investigator with the BBB, says customers are missing the fine print.</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 23:25:41 +0000 Maria Altman 266 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB