Man to pay $100K to theaters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been ordered to pay over $100,000 to three community theaters in North Dakota after he didn’t provide them digital movie equipment and projectors they bought from his company.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Brian Vita of Peabody, Massachusetts, has been ordered to pay $47,000 to Save Our Strand Foundation in Grafton, $28,000 to Lyric Theatre in Park River and $27,000 to Meadowlark Art Council in Crosby.

Stenehjem says Vita took advanced payments from the three theaters when he was experiencing financial difficulties and continued to accept payments even after filing for bankruptcy.

However, the director of the state’s Consumer Protection Division, Parrell Grossman, says Vita doesn’t appear to have assets to pay the restitution.

Vita’s court case doesn’t list an attorney who could comment.

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