The St. Charles County man who once helped run the largest seller of extended auto warranty contracts will spend eight years in federal prison for bilking customers out of millions of dollars.
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.
The former co-owner of a once prominent marketer of auto service contracts has pleaded guilty to misleading consumers, insurance fraud and stealing.
Cory Atkinson's guilty plea was announced Thursday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Sentencing is Sept. 28 and Koster's office said Atkinson could get up to four years in prison.
One of two brothers who owned the auto services contract giant US Fidelis has pleaded guilty to federal charges - just four days after admitting to a series of state charges.
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.
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