A man charged with bilking at least 15 people out of about $200,000 pleaded guilty this week during trial to two second-degree felony counts of communications fraud.

Thomas M. Tebbs, 50, faces sentencing Jan. 6 before 3rd District Judge Richard Moffat.Tebbs entered his plea after 11 witnesses testified in a trial this week, said Kent Morgan, deputy Salt Lake County attorney.

"After their testimony, it became abundantly clear to the entire court that the defendant induced these people to buy pieces of paper based on false promises," said Morgan.

Tebbs was accused of bilking people who invested in his automobile club, American Drivers Legal Services.

Moffat indicated in court that he will consider probation for Tebbs if the defendant can come up with restitution for the victims.