Niagara-on-the-Lake Wedding Photographer Convicted
Placed on Probation and Ordered to Pay Victims
On May 16, 2017 Jesse Stockton of Niagara-on-the-Lake pleaded guilty to, and was convicted of one count of engaging in unfair practice and to nine counts of failure to refund contrary to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
Mr. Stockton was placed on probation for two years and is required to make consecutive restitution payments of $406 per month to the victims for the duration of his probation. Justice of the Peace Marsha Farnand also ordered.
Mr. Stockton to complete 50 hours of community service. Mr. Stockton contracted with several consumers to provide wedding related photography and/or videography services. The majority of the consumers cancelled the contract but did not receive a refund of monies paid in deposit totalling $10,131 which they were entitled to receive under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
A wedding is one of the most significant days in one's life, and for many, photography and videography services are an invaluable way to remember the celebration. To protect themselves and their milestone memories, consumers are reminded to check the ministry's Consumer's Beware List before entering a contract with any company.
- Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides for fines of up to $250,000 for corporations per charge and $50,000 per charge for individuals convicted of offences. It also provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day for each offence for individuals.
- The act empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.