Trial is reset for defunct tire-program vendor

Tray Harrison's police mugshot after his arrest in Texas
The trial date for Wilbur "Tray" Harrison Jr., the seller of a now-defunct tire replacement program, was postponed from this week until June 22.

A Collin County, Texas, grand jury has charged the 52-year-old Harrison with aggravated perjury, alleging he made conflicting statements under oath during his company's bankruptcy proceedings.

Harrison, who has two earlier theft convictions, hawked an uninsured "Tires for Life" program to dozens of dealers in nine states. His company, Millennium Protection Group Inc., of Dallas, filed for bankruptcy last April with $543,000 in debt and no assets.

Harrison's company is not affiliated with the "Millennium Tire and Wheel" program sold by First Dealer Resources, of Oklahoma City.

When Harrison's company stopped paying for replacement tires last year, some dealers got stuck paying claims into the six figures. The plans retailed for $1,500 to $2,500, and the dealer cost was $700 to $1,200, participating dealers say.

Tires for Life was uninsured, and Millennium just paid for claims out of a checking account in Texas, U.S. Bankruptcy Court records show.

E.X. Martin III, the Dallas criminal lawyer representing Harrison in the aggravated-perjury case, maintains that his client is innocent.