More Bonne Terre clients complain about bankruptcy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

More Bonne Terre clients complain about bankruptcy

NESBIT, MS (WMC-TV) - More victims are surfacing after the owner of a popular Mid-South wedding destination closed his doors and declared bankruptcy, leaving his clients in a lurch.

Saturday, Action News 5 told you how Ashley Wagner's wedding dream was crushed after the owners of Bonne Terre Country Inn and Cafe declared bankruptcy and ditched town with her deposit.

Since Wagner shared her story Saturday, Action News 5 has been flooded with emails telling similar stories.

Emailer Lindsay said her parents lost a $5,600 deposit.  "We are deeply hurt, emotionally and financially," she said.

Emailer Charles said he saw Wagner's story and now, "I realize that my $6,000 deposit is gone also."

Emailer Kelly said she lost a $300 gift certificate package deal.  "I guess my money is gone," she said.

And those are just a few.  Brides-to-be said Bonne Terre owner Charles Orr's attorney told them the money is gone -- paid to the banks Orr owed.

Tuesday, Action News 5 called the Mississippi Attorney General's Office to see if they're investigating.  They're now aware of the situation, but their policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations.

Meanwhile, wedding vendors are reaching out to victims.  Mid-South Shows is making arrangements for Ashley Wagner.  And, Beverly at Guy's Formalwear on Park Avenue says of the Wagners "We would like to do what we can to help them out."

Tuesday, in a press release, a company representative said the Inn at Hunt Phelan has agreed to "waive all deposits for those confirmed at Bonne Terre."


If you believe you are a victim of the Bonne Terre bankruptcy, click here for information on how to file a complaint with the Mississippi Attorney General.


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