US Fidelis Co-Owner Pleads Guilty In Federal Case

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ST. LOUIS (AP) –  For the second time in four days, the former co-owner of a once prominent marketer of auto service contracts has pleaded guilty.

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 Thursday, he pleaded guilty to state charges that included insurance fraud and stealing.

Sentencing on state and federal charges is set for September. Cory Atkinson and his brother, Darain, operated US Fidelis, a now-defunct Wentzville company. Authorities say US Fidelis misled consumers about what as covered by warranties, lied about affiliation with automakers and dealers, and used other deceptive practices.

Darain Atkinson has also pleaded guilty to state and federal charges. He faces sentencing next month.

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