In Your Corner Update: Home show a bust

Posted on: 10:00 pm, July 26, 2012, by , updated on: 01:35pm, July 26, 2012

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Our In Your Corner team has new information involving an out-of-state home show promoter.

Andrew Taylor is accused of selling booth space to countless local vendors for a home show that never happened.

Brad Finley is a local chiropractor who believes Taylor owes him an explanation and a full refund.

“The agreement was I’d pay him $850 dollars for the show and then I show up that Friday morning and I see an empty building that should be set up for a show,” Finley said.

Taylor, a promoter with ties to the west coast, denied any wrong doing, then told us to get lost.

“What you care about is putting on a show to make people look bad who haven’t done anything wrong,” he said. “That’s all you care about to get your ratings.”

Actually we care about that refund for Finley and the other vendors.   

We know of at least six alleged victims in Oklahoma and dozens more in Maryland and Florida where Taylor is accused of pulling the same stunt.

Fairgrounds officials in all three states say the promoter violated his contract.

Oklahoma State Park spokesperson, Scott Munz, says the fairgrounds finally terminated Taylor’s contract because the promoter failed to fulfill the obligations of his agreement.

“Which were basically three things,” Munz said. “(To) give us a signed contract, pay us the balance of the deposit, and provide us proof of insurance and at that time we took the show down from our website.”

“The bottom line is man, that we paid the facility, they cashed our money,” Taylor said. “We had a contract. We booked the space. Everybody that gave us money, we signed a contract with them.”

Now there’s a renewed interest in the case.

The In Your Corner team has learned Taylor is the focus of criminal investigation in Canada.

While the promoter claims to live and work in California, Canadian Police tell us someone, possibly Taylor, deposited a Florida vendor’s check into a bank account in Kingston, Ontario. 

We tried reaching Andrew Taylor again, but he’s yet to return any of our recent phone calls.

As of now he’s yet to refund our vendors any of their money.

We’ll keep you posted on the case.