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Judge: Case vs. Lowell wedding photographer a civil matter

There are 30 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 1, 2009, titled Judge: Case vs. Lowell wedding photographer a civil matter. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Chelmsford bride Tracy Bernier is outraged that a district court judge yesterday dismissed criminal charges against a well-known Lowell wedding photographer after he allegedly bilked her and 12 others out of their wedding photos and more than $40,000. "This is absolutely ridiculous,'' Bernier said of Lowell District Court Judge Neil Walker's ...

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Amused

Newton Center, MA

#23 Oct 2, 2009
Lowell Acre Girl wrote:
Well, even if they do, he filed for bankruptcy. So, in the end they will still get nothing.. What a shame.
Perhaps, perhaps not. Bankruptcy does not relieve debtors from liability for intentional misconduct. Suing for conversion of their funds, which is the civil equivalent of a theft charge, in addition to breach of contract, may get the case into the category of non-dischargeable debts. Of course, that just wins the creditors the right to keep chasing him through the courts, which is not the same as having money in your pocket.
AngryAtBPPhoto

United States

#24 Oct 2, 2009
engman wrote:
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You're right. You DO digress.
Just like I thought, MTNGrl...your good points would be lost because many of the detractors on this site who support Bob (or are Bob) don't have an attention span longer than 15 seconds or capacity to comprehend common sense or how to be decent to someone. Engman posts under other names and then throws out words like 'conspiracy' or whatever when ever faced with the truth. Still a good post, MtnGrl!(P.S. no doubt we'll read another 'it's not Bob's fault but the economy, the Press, or conspiracy' replies before we still don't hear from Bob - were waiting to hear about our pics and money...we'd love our memories most but now would be happy for our money so I could pay our guests to make reprints for us..this guy and his friends took us all and worse, he doesn't care one dime...not at all)
MTNGrl

New York, NY

#25 Oct 2, 2009
AngryAtBPPhoto wrote:
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THANK YOU MTNGrl (Manhattan Girl,?, Cute!)..right on, well said. Thanks again. Great points. I'm not sure if it was Bloomberg or Rudy who started the 'record' every crime and deal with it (Mike may have continued the police practice, but it doesn't matter, it goes back years). Long ago a woman was raped in Central Park and they caught the suspect how? By matching fingerprints found on the victim and at the scene TO records of a fare evader or someone picked up for petty larceny. I apologize if I have the exact details wrong but that story happened and speaks to your point that crimes left unanswered or 'trivalized' as 'no big deal' are just that, big deals against all of us. Too bad the people defending Bob (or again, Bob himself, he scamed us once and that's the hardest one) don't get your logic nor do I think they care. Thanks again, you write well..have forwarded your reply to others in our boat out here trying to get our pics and money...
Yes, Manhattan Girl :)

I really hope that you're given closure to this awful situation. I myself was a member of the bridal party in which Bob was the photographer, so I have seen how very real this scam was.

Sure, I may be verbose, but trying to validate my argument to individuals who are able to justify crime seems like it was a futile attempt. The most important thing now, though, is for you and other brides to get what you rightfully deserve.

And, thanks for the compliments, too!:) If your group of fellow brides who were scammed by Bob ever need assistance writing letters, or whatever, let me know!!!:)
Townie

Orange, MA

#26 Oct 2, 2009
Average Joe wrote:
The contracts might be civil, but his actions prior to the contracts were misleading and criminal. Thus, he should have been easily charged in court with at least 'Larceny by false pretense'....Judge Walker is a disgrace...He should be removed from the bench.
Sorry, Joe you are wrong. I too had this happen to me and I was none too happy, but it was a civil matter. My lawyer correctly explained to me that, unless at the time the photographer took my money he never intended to do what the contract provided for, then it is not larceny at all, by false pretenses or otherwise.

In this case, it sounds like the guy did go take the photos, but never completed the job, so the judge is right. That is not larceny - that is poor businessmanship and is what the civil side of the court is designed to handle. Much as I wanted to strangle the guy that did it to me, I also understand that just because someone does something sh**ty to you, that doesn't make it a crime. AIG boned everyone and no one there is going to jail.
AngryAtBPPhoto

United States

#27 Oct 3, 2009
Amused wrote:
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Perhaps, perhaps not. Bankruptcy does not relieve debtors from liability for intentional misconduct. Suing for conversion of their funds, which is the civil equivalent of a theft charge, in addition to breach of contract, may get the case into the category of non-dischargeable debts. Of course, that just wins the creditors the right to keep chasing him through the courts, which is not the same as having money in your pocket.
Good post and points, thanks. It may not solve this issue or put money or pictures in our pockets but it's a thought, any avenue is worth pursuing...thanks!
AngryAtBPPhoto

United States

#28 Oct 3, 2009
MTNGrl wrote:
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Yes, Manhattan Girl :)
I really hope that you're given closure to this awful situation. I myself was a member of the bridal party in which Bob was the photographer, so I have seen how very real this scam was.
Sure, I may be verbose, but trying to validate my argument to individuals who are able to justify crime seems like it was a futile attempt. The most important thing now, though, is for you and other brides to get what you rightfully deserve.
And, thanks for the compliments, too!:) If your group of fellow brides who were scammed by Bob ever need assistance writing letters, or whatever, let me know!!!:)
Will do, thanks..and you write well. I see your point; what's that quote, I'll probably mess it up, "..the only thing evil (or bad things) needs to grow and survive is for good people to do or say nothing". Manhattan rocks (I have family there and for sure Mr. Pare would be so skewed at this point if he pulled his clown game down there, but I know myself and others will get something eventually...thanks for putting down a good post!
EEKKKKKK

Leominster, MA

#30 Oct 4, 2009
Frank wrote:
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If I spent 7k and got zip in return it wouldn't make me feel better.
God I would have shot your wedding for you and restage it for a few years there after if you had paid me that. Serious folks why the heck did you pay this guy that much for wedding photos?

I was a professional wedding photographer years ago. 81-95 and I started asking from 350 to the most 1500. I could not then and would have never asked anymore from financially strapped people. There is no justification whatsover for those cost but for greed.

I did video and shot with medium format i would even hand over the negatives to the bride at time of delivery. I did what i did then because I enjoyed it and it was a good income.

I have seen images from people who charged tremendous amounts of cash upfront for weddings and was shaken. They were crap.

Never pay upfront more than a third of the amount for a wedding photographer so you can secure them and cover cost for them to make it there. Final payment should be upon delivery of the goods which in this case it looks like that was never.

No this guy is not sharing his whole story and that judge let a theif get away. People saying Oh he is a good person.

Well he sent people in his place did he not to film or take photos? What happened to the medium. Did they just stage the filming and not even have tape in the camera or film in the cameras?

The least this guy could do is to show the judge evedence he at least took some photos of some of these weddings. 7 grand is no small amount for a wedding couple.

I suggest there be a raid on his home or studio to confiscate what materials or evidence he has left and hand it over to a responsible reasonable photographer and let them hand out whats left to the couples. I think thats at least more civil than the judge letting the man walk and telling the brides oh well you have to spend more money to prosecute this doe doe in court to settle this matter.

For petes sake some may be divorced by the time court roles around.

Wheres a nija when you need one?
EEKKKKKK

Leominster, MA

#31 Oct 4, 2009
Can I ask has anyone asked if he has any negatives or film footage form any of these weddings was that answered?

Fork it over BOB. i wouldnt want a mess of angry brides or bridemaids hanging over my head for years.

I would make sure he could never set up shop again. Anyone have photos of him? If he leaves tonw I'd post warnings in the local papers of his scam where ever he went. Not until you get your negatives or films from him would I let it go.

If he showed up at any of those weddings and appeared to have taken photos or films he either staged it. SCAM / THEIF or has the orginal negatives or films. Go after the material and sort it out with someone else.

Was that ever brought up in court if he had any of that?

If so he has your memories on film he should be forced to hand those over.

Good guy BS. I know how it works.
Anon_Photographe r

Coorparoo, Australia

#34 Oct 4, 2009
I just don't understand how 13 clients got zipped up. That's over 3 months work for a busy studio. Surely there were warning signs before it happened?
I have sympathy for anyone sinking in the financial mess these greedy financiers have caused but you could hardly have any sympathy for this fellow.
The least that Judge could have done was force him to hand over all his files so an independent expert could have ensured the clients got their files.
If he'd taken the money from their purse he'd be a thief but when he takes if from their hand he's not???
an old friend of bobs

Rockport, MA

#35 Jun 16, 2014

Bob Pare who I knew very well going through Grade and high School many years ago and a few years after high school was a close friend at that time. He is one the most manipulative Social Paths I have ever met in my life. He is a monster, I will NEVER forgive him for what he did to L.R. I hope there is a special place in hell for him. Good Guy? It's an act for what's underneath, He has no Guilt feelings or conscience. You have no idea what he capable of! I don't know what I will do if I ever come face to face with this thing again.

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