WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — The assets of a northern New Jersey
dress shop that closed in the middle of prom season will go on the auction block
The state says Red Carpet Pageant and Prom in Wayne failed to deliver dresses
to at least 16 customers who had paid in full or part. The transactions totaled
Proceeds from the auction will be held to help those who lost money.
Consumer affairs officials say store manager Patricia Dowling and her
husband, Michael, of Deptford, have not responded to a complaint and the state
will seek a default judgment.
Patricia Dowling also is charged with filing a false police report after she
claimed 40 dresses were stolen. Police said the store's security cameras
captured Dowling taking the dresses off the rack.