November 29, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Koster announced today that he has charged Mario Antoine with ten felony counts of stealing by deceit and unlawful merchandising practices related to his involvement in a wedding photography scam.
According to Koster, Antoine and his company, Imagine Photo KC, took thousands of dollars from Kansas City area brides in advance to photograph their weddings and provide other wedding related services, such as limousines and DJs. However, on the day of their weddings, Antoine either failed to appear entirely or did not provide all promised services. When many of the brides sought out Antoine for refunds, he refused to provide them.
“My office vigorously enforces the law so that Missouri consumers are assured of a fair and honest marketplace,” Koster said.
Antoine was arrested today by the Kansas City Police Department and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Antoine faces up to seven years in prison and $20,000 fine for each of the four stealing by deceit counts and up to four years in prison and $20,000 fine for each of the six unlawful merchandising practices counts.
As in all criminal cases, the charges against Antoine are allegations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.