Former Ataris bassist arrested at LIT, accused of telemarketing fraud

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A rock bassist from Southern California awaits arraignment after he and a woman were indicted on federal conspiracy and fraud charges.
Michael Sean Davenport was arrested at the Little Rock, Arkansas, airport on a warrant issued by a southern Illinois federal court recently accusing him of running a telemarketing business in Santa Barbara, California, for eight years. The indictment alleges the business advertised houses and apartments it didn't own at low prices.
The 49-year-old former bassist for The Ataris is accused of defrauding more than 100,000 people out of $27 million.
Davenport and Cynthia Rawlinson, his sales manager, are charged with wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Davenport's attorney didn't respond to a message seeking comment. Rawlinson has no attorney listed in court records.

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