Little Rock photography business being ordered to pay $200k, victim of scam speaks out

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Some victims of Funk’s scam haven’t received digital copies of the photos that he took. Rogers Cockrill said that he never felt that Funk was not legit. “Nobody does a background check on a photographer,” he said.

When he visited his studio Cockrill said it felt like a small, family business.

Cockrill grew suspicious when he kept calling Funk and he always had a reason as to why he didn’t have his order, “We started checking on our photographs and it was “oh the printers messed it up” or “they haven’t gotten back to me” there always seemed to be a different excuse.”

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said that her office has thousands of digital photos and prints.

“We don’t want them in the office we want them in your home where they belong,” she said. She is encouraging anyone who has had any dealing with Funk to contact her office because they might have some photos that belong to them.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A Little Rock photography business is being ordered to pay $200,000 for violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ordered Jonathan Funk with Jonathan Funk Photography to pay $200,000 in restitution, filing fees and penalties for violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge sued Jonathan Funk Photography for deceptive trade practices, after receiving complaints that customers were paying for photos that they never received.

Court documents show the photography company has to pay $98,625.71 in restitution to customers, $1,135 for the State’s filing fees and a civil penalty of $100,000 for violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

According to court documents, the photography company must deliver any items purchased by customers that are still in its possession within 30 days.

Jonathan Funk Photography will not be in good standing with Secretary of State until it pays all of the restitution, civil penalties and complied with all court orders, according to the court filing.

“Photographs of some of life’s most precious events will finally be given to their rightful owners where they can be appreciated and shared,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans who pay for photography services at their weddings or other special events expect to get what they pay for, but companies like Jonathan Funk Photography who act dishonestly will not be tolerated in Arkansas.”

To see the court document, click here.

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