Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Charlton Cheers a SureShot Hit

"Charlton man and his SureShot business ordered to pay more than $500,000 to newlyweds who never received their videos" by Todd Feathers |  Globe Correspondent, June 12, 2013

A Charlton man and his business were ordered Tuesday to pay more than $500,000 in restitution and civil penalties to newlyweds who paid him thousands of dollars to produce wedding videos that he never delivered, prosecutors said Tuesday....

Oh, that's funny!

When customers called SureShot to ask why the videos had not arrived, Jesse Clark, owner of SureShot Portraits LLC in Millbury, and his employees deflected their questions with a variety of excuses, including that Hurricane Irene had damaged the footage, a power surge had delayed production, or that the necessary cases had not arrived to package the DVDs, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said.

Clark also changed the name of his business several times and went by aliases when dealing with customers in order to deceive them, the judgment said.

In several instances, Clark threatened to withhold wedding footage that had already been paid for if customers did not remove negative reviews from online rating websites, Coakley’s office said....