–A purported florist allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars from couples before their wedding, but never showed up with the flowers ordered. That’s according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who is suing the now-closed Flowers by Des in Xenia, Greene County, for violating the Consumers Sale Practice Act. Owner Desiree Gilliam Pace is accused of scamming at least 48 customers over $ 50,000, reports the Springfield News-Sun. âWeddings are meant to be a celebration of love, not a chance for a heartless con artist to leave couples empty-handed and upset,â Yost said in a statement. “I swear to help these couples get revenge.”
Pace demanded full payment or a 50% deposit for his services when a contract was signed, with the remainder of the funds to be paid on the day the flowers arrived, depending on the Cincinnati Applicant. She then “canceled the contracts within days of the events or, without notice, failed to show up at the events when she was contractually obligated to do so,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement, according to WHIO. The couples had to either do without bouquets and centerpieces on D-Day or scramble to find flowers at a significant additional cost, according to the civil lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
The lawsuit refers to 48 clients, but a bride who is not in the lawsuit tells WHIO that Pace did not provide the flowers ordered for her wedding last week, for which she paid $ 1,300 in advance. . âIt’s nothing but an old-fashioned scam,â Yost told WHIO. He said Pace had told some customers they had to wait 90 days for a refund based on their contracts, but most customers never received any money. Indeed, Yost said Pace failed to respond to repeated requests from his office for refunds. She is accused of non-delivery and of having misrepresented the status of orders and refunds, in accordance with News-Sun. (Read more stories from florists.)