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Couples may get fraction from Griffin Mansion settlement

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 5/13/2013 6:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Brides and grooms who lost money when Griffin Mansion closed may get some of it back.

News 3 has learned that the mansion's owner -- Anthony Lopez -- has agreed to a settlement through bankruptcy court but doesn't seem to be facing any criminal charges.

Sadly, the couples will likely only get a fraction of what they lost.

Like so many other couples, Stephanie and Nick Tolstoy didn't get their dream wedding at griffin mansion.

The wedding site near Southern Highlands was shut down in May 2012 by the Southern Nevada Health District, citing numerous health violations.

But documents showed Griffin reps continued to book weddings and take in money, never telling the brides and grooms they were closed.

In fact, they didn't tell our staffers who went in with a hidden camera.

The Tolstoys found out about the closure on the Internet, when they stumbled across the News 3 hidden-camera story, which broke the news to couples world-wide.

Records show the venue never had the permits it needed to operate as a reception site. According to attorney Glenn Truitt, local officials knew of the problems at Griffin Mansion for years.

Griffin filed for bankruptcy in July, leaving couples high and dry.

NBC chief investigator Jeff Rossen picked up the story and aired it on "The Today Show" in February.

The Tolstoys had to push their wedding back by more than four months, which also meant some family couldn't make it because of a change in travel plans.

The couple ended up getting married March 10 inside Emerald at Queensridge, thanks to a lenient payment plan.

Lopez has agreed to pay the bankruptcy court roughly $175,000 over six months.

Lawyers familiar with the case say the couples shouldn't expect to receive more than $2,600 -- in most cases, a fraction of what they paid.

News 3 has called the Clark County district attorney’s and Nevada attorney general's office regarding whether Lopez will face criminal charges for what many are calling fraud.

Representatives from both tell us no charges are on the books.
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