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State attorney general sues event space operators

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The managing members of The Barn at Forestville, a wedding and events venue, are being sued by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the state announced last week.

Lawrence Plummer Jr. and Karen Plummer, are accused of accepting reservations and deposits from clients without delivering on the promised services at their 1493 Forest Grove business in Buckingham Township, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said, in a statement.

“The Plummers preyed upon people who were preparing for the most special day of their lives,” Shapiro said. “They vowed to deliver then stole down payments and deposits for weddings, operated an illegitimate business, violated a pre-existing agreement, violated local and state law and took advantage of those who were acting in good faith.”

Two years ago, Buckingham officials cited the Plummers for operating the venue without a zoning permit and later that year the couple agreed to stop using the barn as a wedding and event space by the following November, according to the attorney general’s office. However, the state said, the pair violated the agreement and continued to operate the business.

Late last month, the township successfully sued the Plummers in Bucks County Court and the couple were ordered to permanently stop operating the business and stop accepting payments, Shapiro said. The township had received numerous complaints from customers after the business abruptly closed in December.

The state’s lawsuit claims the Plummers misrepresented the business to clients and refused to refund deposits and down payments.

The attorney general’s office is seeking a permanent injunction against the Plummers, which would prevent them from engaging in event and wedding planning businesses anywhere in the state. Law enforcement officials also are asking the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas to require restitution, civil penalties and costs from The Barn’s managers.

Those who believe they were victimized by the Plummers can submit an online complaint with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at attorneygeneral.gov.

Consumers can also call 800-441-2555 or email scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

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