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Warriors and Wizards Festival founder facing felony for theft, lawsuit from city of Jefferson

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Warriors and Wizards Festival founder facing felony for theft, lawsuit from city of Jefferson

Warriors and Wizards Festival founder facing felony for theft, lawsuit from city of Jefferson

The founder and main organizer of the Harry Potter Festival, which was later renamed the Warriors and Wizards Festival, is being charged with a felony for theft and false representation.

He's also being sued by the city of Jefferson for an outstanding balance of $33,183 he still owes eight months after the festival.

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Warriors and Wizards Festival founder facing felony for theft, lawsuit from city of Jefferson

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Thanks for staying with news 3 now -- the founder of the harry potter festival that then turned into the warriors and wizards festival in jefferson.

Is now facing a lawsuit from the city and a felony charge for theft.

The city of jefferson still hasn't been paid for all the work done to put on the festival.

Amanda quintana is back from jefferson with the details.

It's been 8 months since the warriors and wizards festival in jefferson.

Now we're learning the main organizer and founder still owes money to the city... and could face ten years in prison for defrauding businesses.

((("14:44 it was the decorating of the building, inside and out.

And we made just tons of product.

We were expecting people would come through 14:52"))) bon ton bakery was one of many jefferson businesses that went all out for the harry potter festival in 2017.

Then again when the event changed its name to the warriors and wizards festival last year.

Despite the confidence of founder scott cramer... (nats) ... there was a lack of magic this time around - not just without the big name.

Way less people attended.

Talent pulled out, saying cramer was dishonest.

Resulting in places like bon ton losing business.

((("16:59 i think he was totally over his head.

I don't think there was enough involvement.

I think he tried to handle too much on his own and it just got out of control 17:10"))) john radtke says about 3 weeks before the festival he had a feeling it wouldn't go right.

Hearing contractors weren't getting paid.

Now, not surprised that cramer, along with his company "hp fans inc", is facin a lawsuit from the city..

And a felony theft and false representation charge.

((("17:52 i feel bad for him because i really feel as though he was like a little kid that had a dream.

And no matter what he was going to make it come true 17:58"))) according to court documents, cramer agreed to pay the city back $25,000 it contributed ahead of the festival to defray marketing costs.

On top of paying for fire, police and public works services.

That was due in december - and he still has a $33,000 bill.

A criminal complaint shows checks he wrote to 8 businesses, including hotels, a bus company and the fairgrounds, all bounced.

Documents saying he knew the funds weren't there.

As for radtke, he's out almost $1,000 a subcontractor owes him for catering the festival .

But he knows he won't get it.

((("22:58 we've recovered from it, but it's a loss that's going to be there.

And it burns.

23:04"))) he says it's going to take a lot to make that bad taste the wizards and warriors festival left... disappear.

((("21:15 if we wanted to create another festival, there's going to be a lot of negative feelings about it 21:21 and it's not going to happen quite as easily because of that 25")) scott cramer did not return our request for comment... and the jefferson city administrator said they won't discuss the lawsuit until it's resolved.

Many of the businesses who recived bad checks have been paid now... some telling me cramer's attorney reached out to make the payments months after the checks came back for insuficcient funds.




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