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CUOMO SUES CNY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Bud Thorpe's Limelight Studios demanded up-front payments and then failed to deliver proofs, prints, albums, DVDs

Cuomo's lawsuit seeks to bar Thorpe from business until he settles all outstanding complaints and pays restitution and penalties

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced a lawsuit against a Central New York wedding photographer who

defrauded dozens of couples who hired him to document their ceremonies.

The suit claims that Harold J. 'Bud' Thorpe III never delivered on the services he was paid to perform and was unresponsive to inquiries from his clients.

Cuomo's lawsuit, filed in Onondaga County Supreme Court, seeks to force Thorpe to resolve all outstanding customer issues, including delivery of prints, proofs and DVDs. The suit also seeks to bar him from the business until all outstanding problems are resolved, including restitution.

'This photographer left dozens of newlyweds without any documentation of their special day,' said Attorney General Cuomo. 'He failed to deliver on his promises and should be barred from the business until he provides the pictures he took and restitution to those he defrauded.'

Since at least 1993, Thorpe's Limelight Studios wedding photography business operated throughout Oswego and Onondaga counties. Thorpe required customers to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit. Thorpe's contracts also required that the balance be paid in full prior to the wedding, and that he would not deliver any part of the order until complete payment was made.

Thorpe routinely told customers that proofs, wedding albums and DVDs would be available within 6-to-8 weeks after the wedding. However, he repeatedly failed to provide customers with the proofs within the promised time period - and in many cases, he failed to provide any proofs at all.

When consumers tried to contact him, Thorpe often failed to respond. In the few instances where customers were able to reach Thorpe, he repeatedly made false promises to complete their orders. To date, Thorpe has not remedied any of the consumer complaints nor made appropriate

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