UPDATE: Today's newspaper story has much more information than this blog post. Check it out here.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Charles Rendlen III today said he would sign off on the sale of Darain Atkinson's Lake Saint Louis mansion to a company controlled by Harold C. Lewis, an area agent for professional athletes.
Lewis is the president of Maryland Heights-based National Sports Agency, which represents more than 40 NFL players. Lewis also is the man behind 5 Lakeview Acquisition Group LLC, the company that made the $4.75 million offer on the Atkinson mansion.
Reached by phone, Lewis declined to discuss the purchase.
"We really don't want to talk about it," he said.
Atkinson allegedly diverted at least $26.7 million from his company, Wentzville-based US Fidelis, to pay for the mansion's construction. The company collapsed last year amid allegations of fraudulent business practices.
After US Fidelis filed for bankruptcy on March 1, an independent management team sued Atkinson and his brother and business partner, Cory Atkinson. Creditors' claims are expected to top $200 million.
Rendlen also approved the sale of two vacation homes owned by Cory Atkinson. The houses -- located at Lake of the Ozarks and near Lake Tahoe -- will fetch at least $3.1 million. Prospective buyers have made offers, although they are subject to competitive bids.
Also in court today, a lawyer for Cory Atkinson and his wife, Heather, withdrew a motion that would have amended a settlement in order to allow her to buy back eight vehicles from the estate.
Under the terms of the deal, Heather Atkinson will be allowed to keep two cars and $500,000, as well as some home furnishings and other personal belongings.