Maryland’s Elk Manor advertised itself as a premier wedding venue, convenient to Baltimore and overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. But after an international bribery conspiracy snagged one of Elk Manor’s owners, the venue suddenly shut down this week–leaving several couples scrambling to figure out what they’re supposed to do with their weddings.
Elk Manor was owned by Simon Tusha, who pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United States earlier this summer. (The conspiracy is complicated, as conspiracies tend to be, but basically: He worked for Google, took illegal bribes from foreign companies, and then tried to hide the money so he could avoid paying taxes on it.) The fallout from that scandal is presumably why visitors to Elk Manor this week found the gate padlocked, with a No Trespassing sign. That’s pretty different from what people expected when they booked a venue boasting of “a 5 bedroom mansion, a tent that seats up to 299 guests and other amenities that make for seamless events.”
According to Delaware Online, couples that have paid in full might still get to host their events at the venue, as long as they pay an extra $500 per staff member, both during the wedding as well as any preliminary planning or set-up. Those who haven’t paid in advance are, well, out of luck.
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