AG accuses photographer of bilking Niskayuna parents

Justin Black makes a throw during Niskayuna's youth sandlot baseball league Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Blatnick Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Justin Black makes a throw during Niskayuna's youth sandlot baseball league Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Blatnick Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

NISKAYUNA — A local photography studio has been targeted by the Attorney General’s Office for failing to provide youth baseball and softball photos to parents who had purchased them.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against GND Studios LLC, which was operating as Big League Pics, which is owned by Robert Dungan.

The lawsuit alleges Dungan took photographs of teams and individual players in May, pursuant to a contract with the Niskayuna Baseball League and the Niskayuna Softball League, work for which he was paid “thousands of dollars” by parents. The packages he sold cost $18 to $49 each, according to Schneiderman’s office.

But the photographs were never delivered, Schneiderman said.

“New Yorkers spent their hard-earned money to have a keepsake of their children’s baseball and softball experiences,” he said in a prepared statement. “Parents were right to cry foul when Big League Pics allegedly didn’t deliver – and my office will seek to hold the company responsible for depriving parents of both their dollars and their memories.”

According to papers filed in Albany Supreme Court, after GND Studios failed to deliver the photographs, league officials, other parents and a representative from the Attorney General’s Office all reached out to Dungan by telephone, e-mail and mail, urging him to deliver the photos or issue refunds.

Despite several assurances that he would do so, Dungan failed to deliver the photographs, according to Schneiderman. The lawsuit seeks restitution, costs, and penalties. The lawsuit also seeks a permanent injunction against Dungan engaging in the photography business within the State of New York until he files a $25,000 performance bond.

Anyone who has a complaint against Dungan or GND Studios is urged to file a complaint online or call 1-800-771-7755.

—Staff report

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