FARGO — The owner of the now defunct Glasser Images has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.
North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Jack Glasser conned more than 500 newlyweds into living luxury lives.
Glasser’s attorney says that’s the furthest from the truth, that Covid simply ruined the business.
Marissa Tire is still getting used to wearing that big rock on her finger. She got married just two weeks ago.
She said it was the perfect wedding day.
“It was such a great experience and such a great day that I wish I had lasted longer,” Tyre said.
Arriving on the wedding day was anything but perfect.
Tire initially hired Glasser Images for photos and videos.
However, she has now lost $4,200 after Glasser closed its doors last fall.
“I knew it was coming, I was surprised it took this long,” she said.
“For people who are still owed money, is there a chance they will get money back?” WDAY reporter Matt Henson asked Tim O’Keefe, the attorney who is defending Glasser in a civil lawsuit filed by North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening,” O’Keefe replied.
Jack Glasser started Glasser Images 16 years ago.
According to the bankruptcy filing, he has less than $50,000 in assets and owes between $1 million and $10 million in returned payments or photos and videos.
Attorney General Drew Wrigley has filed a civil suit against Jack Glasser, claiming he spent the money on flashy cars and was too lazy to cook and eat out.
“It’s a made up theory from the Attorney General’s office, Jack didn’t live a lavish lifestyle, he didn’t take money and he didn’t live lavishly, that’s just not true,” O’ said. Keef.
“The money went into the business, the money was used to grow the business, and there are a lot of reasons why the business failed, and Covid was one of them. A lot of weddings were postponed indefinitely, that was a huge factor.”
Typically, in bankruptcy cases, ongoing litigation is halted until the bankruptcy case is settled. However, the attorney general says that does not apply when law enforcement is involved and they will continue to fight for every penny they can get.
Glasser’s attorney says they’re fighting the wrong battle.
“What are they doing to sue the photos and videos that are still there being held hostage by the contractors, and why are they still pursuing a judgment that’s going to be uncollectible,” O’Keefe said.
Marissa Tire doesn’t expect to put a dime in her honeymoon piggy bank, a honeymoon she had to cancel due to a $4,200 shortfall.
“I will write Jack Glasser’s name in the sand if I have to,” she said.
The attorney general is working with some contractors who have refused to hand over photos and videos to married couples.
Investigators say if they refuse to cooperate, their names could be added to the civil suit with Jack Glasser’s name on it.