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News Release

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2009

Contact:
Senior Assistant Attorney General Connie Stratton
(603) 271-3643

Wedding Photographer Guilty of Unfair & Deceptive Business Practices

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte announced that Robert Christopher Brown, formerly doing business as Christopher Brown Photography, pled guilty in Merrimack County Superior Court (Conboy, J.) to two Class A misdemeanors of Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices, in violation of New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act, RSA 358-A.

Mr. Brown pled guilty to the charges of failing to provide wedding photography services and/or goods during 2006 and 2007. Mr. Brown contracted with numerous couples during that time to photograph their weddings and provide them with photographs and photo albums which he failed to do.

Judge Conboy chastised Brown for taking advantage of these consumers "on the most important day of their lives." His sentence includes a 12-month sentence in the House of Correction, deferred for a year, 250 hours of community service and restitution to his victims. A hearing will be scheduled to determine the exact dollar amount of restitution.

Attorney General Ayotte continues to warn individuals who attempt to shortchange, deceive or scam New Hampshire consumers, that her office will not tolerate it. "Prior to purchasing goods or services, it is important that you do a thorough check on individuals with whom you contract to do business – particularly if it is for your wedding day." said Ayotte.

To check on a business, contact the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General's Office, by calling its hotline at 888-468-4454 or log onto its Web site at www.doj.nh.gov/consumer and click on Business Complaint Lookup.


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