Wedding Nightmare Leaves Bride and Groom Duped

Engaged couple writes check to Rebar's owner Jason Stevens, but finds company is "closed and bankrupt."
2:10 | 05/25/14

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Tonight, getting answers here. The man accused of duping so many brides and grooms to be. ABC's gio Benitez tracking him down. And it turns out, many of you were watching. How many of you are responding. Reporter: They're supposed to be happy couples, but they're raging mad. Where's our money? Reporter: Blaming this man for closing up a popular wedding venue and taking off with tens of thousands of dollars. Abby and Ryan got engaged and picked this happening New York wedding spot, rebar. They thought they'd get a deal. 5% discount for all upfront payments? Yeah. Reporter: So they wrote a check for more than $13,000 and gave it to rebar's owner, Jason Stevens. Just months later, this -- "Closed and bankrupt." Where was Stevens? Well, just days ago, a bizarre twist. He turned himself in, but for completely unrelated charges of criminal tax fraud and grand larceny. We went searching where we knew he'd be, court. No comment now. Reporter: We want to talk about all those couples that are left scrambling now for a new wedding venue. Are you going to give them their money back? He pleaded guilty to those charges, but those angry brides weren't having it. You've got over $800,000 from 160 couples. Reporter: And now, wedding planners who worked for Stevens are speaking out. Even though this place was closing on Friday, he wasn't coming to you and saying, don't take any more checks? Nope. Reporter: So what can we learn? Well, some insurance companies help you insure your wedding plans. For example, a $250 premium will insure a $25,000 wedding. Abby and Ryan didn't have that insurance, but now they and other couples are helping each other. It's the silver lining in all of this. Reporter: Even viewers responding, tweeting, "I am a wedding planner in New York and I would like to offer my services to the #rebar couples for free." The outpouring of love and support people have shown us has been so amazing. Reporter: And here's another thought. Using your credit card to pay for venues could offer more protection. You can dispute the charges. By the way, as of Friday, Stevens had not filed for bankruptcy and one of the couples has already filed a lawsuit. No bankruptcy, just the sign on the door? Reporter: Just the sign.

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