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Photo taker faces grand theft charge



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



CANTON (AP) -- A former wedding photographer accused of ripping off dozens of newlyweds in several states has been charged with grand theft.

The charge comes after Attorney General Jim Petro sued Brian Fry's photography company on behalf of several consumers.

Fry, 36, now lives in Jacksonville, Fla. He was charged Thursday in Canton Municipal Court.

Police say that Fry, of Brian Fry Photography in North Canton, accepted payments totaling more than $50,000 between May 2001 and October 2004 from 36 couples across the nation. Fry never delivered the pictures as promised, nor gave a refund, authorities claim.

The studio closed last spring.

Fry's phone has been disconnected. His Florida attorney, Charles Mcburney, said Friday that he had no comment.

On Jan. 27, Petro sued Fry and his company in Stark County Common Pleas Court for failure to deliver and unfair customer service.

Petro's office is asking for $25,000 per violation, an order keeping Fry out of business in Ohio, reimbursement to the consumers and for the attorney general's office to monitor Fry's business records for five years.

Canton prosecutor Frank Forchione said he's working with authorities in Jacksonville to get Fry back to Ohio. If convicted, Fry faces a possible six- to 18-month prison sentence.




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