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BAD NEWS FOR BAD BUSINESS



THIS HURTS THE INDUSTRY


NOTE:  Names, dates and references were removed since these folks are already up to their knees in Alligators after they thought they could drain the pond.  


New York 2010 

An upstate, NY, wedding photographer accused of defrauding dozens of couples who hired him to document their ceremonies was issued a temporary order by a judge last week to stop doing any new business.  Last week, the State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit a wedding photographer accused of defrauding dozens of couples who hired him to document their ceremonies.  In the release, XXX demanded up-front payments and then failed to deliver proofs, prints, albums and DVDs.  In court, the judge said the Attorney General’s office had complaints from 25 couples who’ve collectively paid about $50,000 for services/pictures they didn’t get or don’t have, the report said. 

Owner must pay $1M restitution, $1.8M fines 2008.  The president of defunct XXX was put on probation for a year last week, and ordered to pay $152,443 to wedding photographers he hired while knowing his business had no money to pay them.

XXX was also was ordered to pay $855,618 to about 225 brides and grooms who didn’t receive all the services for which they paid. He agreed to make restitution to photographers of $75,000, but after his guilty plea, another 12 photographers and videographers came forward with proof that XXX also didn't pay them after booking wedding assignments for them. Adding $76,661 to the total he owes them.  

The studio left about 3,850 couples unsure of the whereabouts of their wedding pictures. The state last July also obtained a civil judgment that provides for the $855,618 in consumer restitution, along with $1.8 million in civil penalties and $383,684 in reimbursement of the state’s investigative costs.

 © copyright aljacobs Stardate 10-18-2012