The business abruptly closed in October, leaving parents who paid for furniture up front, out hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The front door to the store remained locked, the showroom empty, even though the business was still selling Groupons.
Customers who suspected the woman running the business, knew it was headed for ruin, and continued to take their money anyway.
Now, USA Baby owner Lisa Burden was indicted on four counts of felony theft. One of the victims told investigators she paid burden for furniture last February but never got it.
In all four cases police say Burden created a false impression with her customers with the intent to deprive.
The Attorney General's office said they were able to assist most customers is working with their credit card companies to reverse charges for merchandise they did not receive. And that the criminal charges are for the result of the customers who paid cash or whose purchases fell outside of the 60 days they have to dispute credit card charges.
Burden is being sued by American Express for unpaid bills. Court records show sheriff deputies went to her store to serve her with the lawsuit. But, like her customers, they couldn't find her.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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