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updated: 9/5/2013 7:05 AM

Former title service firm's owner accused of theft

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- The owner of a former license-and-title service in southwestern Illinois is accused of duping more than $30,000 from clients.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 52-year-old Brian Rainbolt on Tuesday with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of not having a state license as a remittance agent.

Rainbolt's business, Duffy's License and Title Service in Belleville, has been closed since police descended upon it in May while investigating complaints involving vehicle titles and registrations.

Rainbolt allegedly pocketed payments for titles, registrations or other state fees instead of turning the money over to the state to complete the legal transaction.

Online court records don't show whether Rainbolt has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

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