Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that his office has secured $250,000 for customers who were swindled by a company that provided wedding photography and services.
“This is a story of wedding dreams turned into a planning nightmare,” said Cuomo. “This company promised wedding photos, videos and other services, but ended up taking thousands of dollars from couples who were left scrambling to get photos and albums of their special day. Even on the day they closed down, they continued to deceive customers who paid for their services.”
The Attorney General’s Office began investigating Queens Bridal Center, Inc., Queens Bridal Center of New York, Inc., Q-PID Corp. and Majestic Bridal Center, Inc. and its owners after the office received hundreds of complaints from consumers who had paid for wedding photography and videography services but never received them, the Attorney General’s Office stated.
Through a subsequent agreement settling the case, the company is paying $250,000 in restitution to impacted consumers and $75,000 in penalties, fees and costs to the state, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The company, owned by Beth, Glen and Mark Ullo and Jack Simon, shut down its four studios and declared bankruptcy in late 2007, according to the Attorney General’s Office. At the time, the company had locations at 153 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, 294 E. Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, 60-16 Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth, and 527 Meacham Avenue in Elmont.
According to Cuomo’s office, the company required large deposits from customers for photography and videography services. At the time it shut down, Queens Bridal Center had failed to complete work for which approximately 550 customers had contracted and paid.
Consumers who have unresolved issues with Queens Bridal Center shall be eligible for consideration for restitution if they file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by November 5, 2009. Consumers wishing to do so should contact the Attorney General’s Nassau Regional Office at 516-248-3300 or visit www.oag.state.ny.us.