Couples Disappointed After Finally Seeing Wedding Albums

By David Goldstein

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Years after they tied the knot, some not-so-newlyweds finally got the chance to get their wedding albums. Their photographer never delivered after taking thousands of dollars — a story we broke four years ago. But after all these years, the couples still have not gotten their money’s worth.

It was the day they had been waiting for long after their wedding. Mary and Kyle Saxon got married almost six years ago. They have the pictures but no wedding album.

“It’s a girl’s dream to get married and have beautiful memories and pictures. I mean basically that is all you have when the day ends,” Mary Saxon said.

Jenny and Mark Filuta tied the knot seven years ago; longer than some marriages last.

“It’s exciting. I mean I’d love to see the pictures in an album,” Jenny Filuta said.

Both couples finally saw their wedding albums for the first time after paying thousands of dollars to their photographer, who never delivered.

“He stole from hundreds of couples and that’s a lot of money and a lot of heartache,” Mark Filuta said.

The couples came to the city attorney’s office in downtown L.A. after the albums were turned over by their wedding photographer Alan Brent. They had filed charges against Brent last year after we exposed him stealing newlyweds’ memories.

With a hidden camera our producer posed as a bride-to-be to hear his pitch about expensive albums that he said would be delivered on time.

“It takes the album company three to four weeks to make the albums,” Brent said while our camera rolled.

But then we heard from a group of newlyweds.

“I wouldn’t trust my daughters wedding to an [expletive] like you,” a woman said to Brent.

They confronted the photographer to say their memories were stolen.

“You take our memories and destroy them, no one can get that back.”

Brent was eventually charged with six counts of fraud. The case is still pending but he has turned over photos of 81 couples to try and settle the case.

The Filuta’s and Saxton’s were the first hoping to see the expensive albums. But it didn’t happen.

“Yeah it was nice to see them but just the overall quality was terrible and not something I wanted,” Jenny Filuta said.

The Filuta’s name was misspelled and neither couple took their albums because of the poor quality.

“I’m very disappointed,” Mary Saxon said.

So years after they tied the knot, both couples came away empty handed, hoping closure will come not with an album but a criminal conviction.

“I’ll be happy when I see him go to jail. That’ll be closure.”

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  • Joan Stewart

    My daughter was caught up in their scam in 2004.
    Very poor quality. They did not re-do her album
    according to her specifications. We could not
    contact them to follow up.

    • Fine, PW

      Has anyone checked to see if Alan Brent Carruth is the same man who was disbarred in 1997 for various shady activities under the name A. Brent Carruth..January 22, 1997 Just wondering.

      A. BRENT CARRUTH [#47560], 53, of Agoura Hills was disbarred Jan. 22, 1997.

      Carruth’s disbarment stemmed from his failure to comply with probation conditions imposed by a 1994 discipline order.
      At that time, Carruth received a five-year stayed suspension and was placed on probation for five years, with an actual suspension of three years.
      Carruth failed to timely file required quarterly probation reports and CPA certificates regarding his possession of client funds. He also did not attend the bar’s ethics school or client trust account record-keeping course, as ordered.
      His record of two prior disciplinary matters was considered an aggravating factor.
      He was disciplined in 1994, after stipulating to 29 counts of misconduct which included misleading advertising, and failing to communicate, supervise employees and refund unearned fees.
      He failed to comply with probation conditions and was actually suspended for three-and-one-half years in May 1996.
      His failure to participate in the current disciplinary proceedings also was viewed as an aggravating factor.
      In its decision, the hearing department of the State Bar Court noted that Carruth has been an attorney for 25 years but has exhibited a continuing course of serious professional misconduct.
      May 5, 1996

      A. BRENT CARRUTH [#47560], 52, of Agoura Hills was actually suspended for 42 months, effective May 5, 1996. The period of suspension will be concurrent with the remaining period of suspension from a 1994 discipline order.

      Carruth’s current misconduct involves his failure to comply with probation conditions attached to a July 1994 discipline order. He neglected to file complete and proper quarterly reports.
      The 1994 discipline order was the result of 29 counts of misconduct involving misleading advertising and failing to communicate with clients, supervise employees and return unearned fees. He received a five-year stayed suspension with five years probation and a three-year actual suspension at that time.

  • joker

    how gay ! what a cheap !

  • Margarita

    My stomach turns by just watching him in this video. My husband and I were victims to his scam and haven’t seen any justice. I know he might be in jail for now but what about his family… or those who were in on it with him who said were his family? His other photographers, secretary etc. If you know additional info. please let me know.

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