A dodgy wedding photographer who left nine distraught couples without a proper memento of their special day has been convicted and fined in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
38 year old John Adrian McLellan of Toorak Gardens, trading as Gloss Studio and Rouge Photography, pleaded guilty to charges under the Australian Consumer Law and the Fair Trading Act.
He admitted entering into nine contracts between May 2008 and November 2009 to take photos and produce edited wedding albums.
Consumer and Business Services became involved after the couples complained that despite chasing up McLellan for months after their weddings, all he produced were unedited shots on disc.
Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Paul White said McLellan received up-front payments of $17,000 but provided no refunds to any of his clients.
“This offending has been the cause of much frustration and anger for these couples.
“McLellan continued to work as a wedding photographer even when he was experiencing difficulties in delivering packages.
“Bringing this matter to court serves as a warning to traders that they must deliver in a timely way goods or services for which they are paid,” Commissioner White said.
Sentencing McLellan on Friday, Magistrate Peter Snopek imposed a single fine of
$4,000, plus Victims of Crime levy and prosecution costs of $800.
He recommended the couples pursue compensation through the small claims court.
Consumer concerns or complaints can be made to Consumer and Business Services on 13 1882 or visit the CBS website www.cbs.sa.gov.au