BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The owner of SureShot, a videography business, has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution after failing to provide prepaid wedding videos to more than 150 newlyweds, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Tuesday.
A judge ordered Jesse Clark, of Charlton, to pay more than $136,000 in restitution to customers and $370,000 in civil penalties and fees. Clark is also permanently banned from conducting similar businesses and accepting money for videography sales in Massachusetts.
Attorney General Coakley said her office has received more than 100 complaints from customers who either gave deposits or paid Clark in full for wedding videos that were never delivered.
In January, the Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court seeking restitution, civil penalties and the full recovery of all existing event footage.
According to the complaint, customers allegedly paid between $800 to $2,000 each for their video package before their weddings, expecting to receive a short highlight video two days after the ceremony and an edited 90-minute DVD approximately two month after their wedding date.
Clark made a long list of excuses to keep customers waiting, and eventually, stopped responding to customer calls and emails.
Clark operated the business from a storefront in Millbury, as well as several online website.
Authorities are attempting to return some of the footage to customers.