Sentencing delayed in auto-service scheme -

Sentencing delayed in auto-service scheme

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A federal judge has put off sentencing two executives of a telemarketing company that sold tens of millions of dollars in bogus auto-service warranties so prosecutors can decipher restitution.

Christopher Cowart of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Cris Sagnelli of Boca Raton, Fla., pleaded guilty in December in East St. Louis to a felony count of using a fictitious name as part of a mail-fraud scheme.

They were scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but a judge postponed those proceedings until June 6.

Prosecutors say the defendants' company, Transcontinental Warranty Inc., sold more than 15,000 warranty contracts, garnering nearly $40 million. Because restitution is mandatory, the government is trying to figure out how much each victim lost, something prosecutors say in court papers has proved "complex."

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