A wedding planner has been jailed for three years after conning brides out of money in a £100,000 scam.
Bake A Cake owner Lisa Holt failed to come up with packages and services to brides and other customers after taking deposits and payments.
The mother-of-two, who had previously admitted the fraud, was sentenced today along with her husband Ryan, who was jailed for nine months.
Dudley Trading Standards received 150 complaints alone about the company which according to its lavish website, “adds a personal touch to any special event,” a court heard.
Among the victims was Sian Evans, who lost £1,000 when she booked a package in March 2014 to cover table decorations and coverings, food, a DJ, balloons and decorations for her wedding, a court heard in January.
Miss Evans, from Stourbidge, who reported Lisa to the police, said: “I’m angry. I’m a lot calmer about it now. It’s unfair to do it to people. I didn’t have a lot of money at the time. It’s not a nice thing to do to anybody.”
During an appearance at Wolverhampton Crown Court in January Mrs Holt pleaded guilty to defrauding Bake a Cake customers between May 1 and August 31, 2015, while her husband Ryan, 41, also pleaded guilty to money laundering.