News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "I just wonder how many people bought tickets, you know? And are in the same situation, they don't know where to go," said Tiffany Wood.
Wood is talking about the canceled concerts scheduled for April 13.
Her husband bought two tickets just before the event.
"Twenty-five dollars each that day," Wood explained. "We bought two, then some friends of ours bought two. And they told us to, 'Buy them today or the day you come they're going to be $50.'"
Wood says they were looking forward to it.
"It would be nice to have something out here in south Augusta instead of having to go all the way to Columbia County or downtown," she said.
Charles Collins, the event organizer, says he had seven acts lined up for the grand opening. But the booking agent says he never paid them and the artists were forced to pull out.
Now Wood is just wondering how to get her money back.
"I tried going on the website, and it's non-functional," she said. "If you click on something, it goes to nothing. I didn't know what else to do."
News 12 spoke with Collins.
Here's what to do if you need a refund: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your tickets and contact information, and you'll get a refund.
"I'm glad someone's trying to do something," Wood said. "But at the same time, if you can't follow through with it, tell us how to get our money back."
Now the question: Is a canceled concert considered fraud?
"For it to be considered fraud, you would have to prove that at the beginning, this individual meant to deceive you out of your money," said Sgt. Randy Hayes with Technical Crimes at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
If the refunds don't come through, the next stop is civil court.
"It probably wouldn't be worth it, it really wouldn't," Wood said.