Consumers targeted in US Fidelis scam can receive restitution

August 7, 2012

By Staff

State Attorney General Rob McKenna and other law enforcement officials said consumers caught in a scam can benefit from a recent settlement.

The scam originated after consumers received bogus letters disguised as offers from vehicle manufacturers. Officials said the company behind the letters routinely misled consumers.

McKenna and 11 other state attorneys general announced the agreement among the states and a defunct vehicle service contract dealer, Missouri-based US Fidelis. The company closed and filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

The settlement provides $13 million in consumer restitution. More than 4,000 Washington residents bought auto warranties from the company and might be eligible for restitution.

The deal, plus a prior agreement with the service contract provider Warrantech, creates a $14.1 million Consumer Restitution Fund. State attorneys general said Warrantech financially benefitted from US Fedelis’ misleading practices.

Find information about filing a proof of claim at the US Fidelis bankruptcy website, www.usfbankruptcy.com. Consumers can also call a toll-free hotline at 1-877-691-8477.

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