A debt settlement company and its owner on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Manhattan, N.Y. federal court to conspiracy charges of mail and wire fraud.

Michael Levitis and his company, Mission Settlement Agency, entered the pleas less than a year after prosecutors announced charges for a scheme they said victimized more than 1,200 people nationwide from 2009 to 2013. The case is the first criminal case referred to U.S. prosecutors by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

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