- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
A 51-year-old woman has been charged with five counts of fraud under $5,000 in connection with an investigation of a now-defunct Spadina Ave. bridalware store, Classy Collection.
Van Dang of Mississauga will appear in court at the Old City Hall on April 19, at 11 a.m. when she is expected to enter a plea.
Toronto Police Service spokesman Victor Kwong said Van Dang turned herself into 52 division on Monday and was released under a promise to appear on her court date.
The fraud charges came after an investigation into complaints from five women who allege they paid down payments with cash and/or credit for bridalware at Classy Collection, which had operated out of leased premises at 101 Spadina Ave.
The store closed suddenly in mid-January and the space is now for lease.
Sarah Boston of Dorset, Ont., was one of the first to find out the store — where she had ordered her dress in June, 2012 and paid $1,000 in cash and $270 on credit — had closed its doors. She’d stopped by in January to find the doors locked and garbage strewn on the floor inside the store.
Boston told the Star the charges make her feel that “some justice’’ is being served for herself and the other young women who ordered bridalware.
Boston and another bride-to-be, Sydney D’Andrade of Markham, who says she was also paid money on a deposit for a bridal reception dress she never got, started a Classy Collection Investigation Facebook page to get in touch with other women suddenly without wedding dresses.
These poor women! I hope none of our bees were involved 🙁