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Published January 24, 2014, 01:14 PM

State Attorney General sues Bridal Shop owner for fraud

FARGO – North Dakota's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit alleging the owner of a bridal shop engaged in fraud when she closed up shop last August, leaving dozens of brides and bridal party members stranded without gowns, which they'd paid for but never received.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – North Dakota's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit alleging the owner of a bridal shop engaged in fraud when she closed up shop last August, leaving dozens of brides and bridal party members stranded without gowns, which they'd paid for but never received.

The lawsuit by State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court against Bridal Shop owner Gretchen Ingbretson says Stenehjem received complaints from customers in the wake of the store’s sudden closing.

The lawsuit says Ingbretson made untrue representations to customers about when their dresses and accessories would be delivered, accepted pre-payment for the goods, then used the advance deposits for purposes other than ordering the bridal attire.

The lawsuit alleges Ingbretson engaged in deceptive acts or practices and asks that she pay a penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation, plus restitution to each customer.

In a stipulation filed in the case, Ingbretson agreed that she owes her customers $64,103.95 for the dresses, plus $1,000 for each violation of the agreement.

The lawsuit is the latest in a half-dozen filed in Cass County court against Ingbretson and the Bridal Shop since it closed its doors last August.

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