In just a short time (less than a day) I've already heard from 10 brides who ordered dresses from Peggy's Bridal, paid, and now don't know what to do. I will continue to try to get a hold of the "owner", Orban Vannostran, and I'll keep you posted as soon as I do.
What we've found out so far is like a puzzle. In our first story we did on Peggy's Bridal, Vannostran represented himself as the owner and spokesperson for the store. His wife is "Peggy". But upon further digging, we learned the store has another name "Special Occasion Stores, Inc." We pulled it up on the Secretary of State's website and found it's owned by Deborah J. Robinson - Vannostran's daughter.
While we found Vannostran's filed bankruptcy, there is no records indicating Robinson has. No filings for Peggy's Bridal, or Special Occasion Stores, Inc.
If this is indeed true, brides will need to file a small claims suit against Deborah Robinson. FYI - We drove by the address listed for Deborah Robinson on the secretary of state's website, and it's non existant.
Typically, if a business files for bankruptcy, you'd want to make sure you're listed as one of the creditors. Vannostran's first hearing will be a meeting of the creditors May 19th at 1pm. It will be at 215 Dean A. McGee in room 119. If you feel he owes you money, you can show up. But at this point I'm just not sure if he's legally liable. I'm investigating this, so stand by, and if I learn something new, I'll post another blog about it.
Keep in mind consumers who are owed money are typically the last to get paid in bankruptcy cases. Vannostran also lists on his bankruptcy paperwork that he has zero assets.
Vannostran's bankruptcy trustee Robert Brown may be able to answer some questions. He's at 405-377-8185. I've put a call into him and I'm waiting to hear back. As soon as I do, I'll post something.
***FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSUMER PROTECTION UNIT*** They would have to investigate to see if there's any criminal intent before they can get anyone's money back, but the more people that file a complaint, the better off any potential investigation will be. Their number is 405-521-3921.
Also, if you paid with a credit card or debit card, call the company. File a complaint with them - you may be able to recoup your money.
If you know the dress manufacturer, I'd call them directly. See if they've been paid and if they can send you the dress. I've already talked to one bride who says they found out the dress was ordered, but never paid for, so they are now having to pay twice for the same dress.
To all the brides: It just breaks my heart to hear all of your stories. I know what a special - and stressful - time this is and you don't need this to be on your mind! Hopefully the owner/owners of Peggy's Bridal will realize this and just give us some answers. As soon as I hear anything, I'll pass it along. Hang in there!