For Immediate Release
February 23, 2011
Connie Stratton, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection Bureau
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announced today that Michael and Darlene Perrotta, d/b/a Forever in Time Photography, each pled guilty to three misdemeanor charges of Unfair or Deceptive Business Act or Practice, violations of New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act, in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Michael and Darlene Perrotta operated Forever in Time, a wedding photography business. The charges brought by the State charged the defendants with taking payments for wedding photography services from consumers, photographing the weddings, but then failing to provide the rest of the services which had been prepaid, including providing wedding albums, DVDs, and printed photographs. The Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General's Office received complaints from 227 consumers, alleging hundreds of thousands of dollars of loss.
Michael and Darlene Perrotta were each sentenced to 12 months at the House of Correction, all suspended, and 2 years probation. Additional terms of the sentences require them to provide each consumer with a high resolution disc containing all of their proofs, as well as a copyright release allowing the consumers to produce their albums via third parties. The court ordered both defendants to pay full restitution, with the exact amount of restitution owed to be finalized after a hearing at a future date.
Attorney General Delaney said, "It is appalling that one business could garner 227 consumer complaints filed against it with our Consumer Protection Bureau. My office will continue to investigate and prosecute these types of outright fraud. We urge any consumer who believes he or she has been a victim of an unfair or deceptive business act or practice to file a complaint with our office."
Consumers may obtain information about consumer protection issues, or report consumer complaints, on the Consumer Protection Bureau's Web site at http://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer.
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