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Idaho reaches settlement with US Fidelis

The former owners of a company that claimed to be the nation’s top marketer of auto-service contracts are now permanently banned from doing similar business in Idaho.

The state attorney general’s office says Darain and Cory Atkinson, ex-owners of US Fidelis, are barred from selling auto service contracts or telemarketing in Idaho under a settlement announced Nov. 8.

Idaho is among 11 states that sued the Missouri-based company earlier this year.

US Fidelis filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis in March beneath a cloud of accusations that it used illegal telemarketing ploys and sold worthless warranties.

Bankruptcy documents suggest that the Atkinson brothers used company money to maintain lavish lifestyles for themselves and their families.

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