Belleville license service owner charged with bilking more than $30K out of customers

News-DemocratSeptember 3, 2013 

The owner of a former license and title service in Belleville has been charged with bilking more than $30,000 out of customers.

Brian Rainbolt, 52, was charged Tuesday in St. Clair County Circuit Court with theft, a felony, and not having a license to act on behalf of the Secretary of State as a remittance agent, which is a misdemeanor.

"During the investigation, the Secretary of State Police had more than 150 complaints involving more than 150 vehicles," said Henry Haupt, a spokesman with the Illinois Secretary of State.

Rainbolt's business, Duffy's License and Title Service at 307 N. Illinois St., has been closed since May when Secretary of State Police descended on the business acting on several complaints involving vehicle titles and registrations.

Rainbolt is accused of taking customers' money to pay for titles, registrations or other Secretary of State fees and pocketing the money instead of turning it over to the state to complete the legal transaction. Rainbolt had not had a remitter's license, which is issued by the state and allows a business to function as an agency of the state, since January, Haupt stated.

A call to the business Tuesday went unanswered.

The investigation is ongoing and customers of Duffy's who did not receive the services paid for, have not received a title they paid for, or have other complaints about the business, should call the Secretary of State Police District 4A Headquarters in Belleville at 236-8765. The headquarters is located at the Secretary of State facility at 400 W. Main Street in Belleville.

Customers with complaints about Duffy's should ask to see a representative from the Secretary of State Police and bring with them all documentation they have, including receipts or canceled checks when a complaint is filed.

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