The trial of Wilbur "Tray" Harrison Jr., the vendor of an uninsured tire replacement program, has been moved again. It originally was scheduled for March, then June; now a jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 7 in Texas.
Harrison's company, Millennium Protection Group Inc., of Dallas, filed for bankruptcy last year. A grand jury in Collin County, Texas, has charged the 52-year-old vendor with aggravated perjury, alleging he made conflicting statements under oath during his company's bankruptcy proceedings.
When the 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, dealers said.
E.X. Martin III, the Dallas criminal lawyer representing Harrison, maintains that his client is innocent.
Court records say that in its four years of operation, Millennium's "Tires for Life" policies were sold in at least nine states: Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas.
The policies promised a new set of tires every 20,000 to 35,000 miles, as well as road hazard protection, for as long as the original customer owned the vehicle.
Millennium had a license to sell extended service contracts in Texas. But the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is investigating the company for possible licensing violations, spokesman Steve Bruno said. He refused to comment further on the investigation.