SARATOGA SPRINGS — A former Saratoga Springs wedding photographer is the target of a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood that claims he failed to deliver wedding photographs to at least 16 couples, among other claims.
Scott Kretschmann, owner of Krestschmann Studio, is named in the suit, which alleges that from 2013 to 2016, he failed to deliver wedding photographs and did not refund deposits of approximately $3,000 paid by five couples whose weddings Kretschmann did not photograph.
“As our lawsuit alleges, Kretschmann Studio robbed New Yorkers of memories from one of the most important events of their lives,” Underwood said in a prepared statement. “My office intends to hold the owner accountable – and most importantly – recover the precious wedding photos those couples paid for.”
The lawsuit seeks an order directing Kretschmann to provide the photographs, albums and other items belonging to the customers, as well as a money judgment in the amounts owed to those customers. The suit also seeks penalties and costs totaling $5,000 per violation.
The suit also seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting Kretschmann from launching another photography business in the state until he files a $100,000 performance bond.
Assistant Attorneys General Emily Auletta and Amy Schallop are leading the investigation, with assistance from Investigator Michael Fennelly, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Laura J. Levine and Bureau Chief Jane M. Azia, of the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau.
Consumers who have a complaint against Scott Kretschmann or Kretschmann Studio, which was formerly located on Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs, can file an online complaint or call the Attorney General’s consumer helpline at 1-800-771-7755.