Still No Refund For Woman After Event Canceled 2 Months Ago

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Sammi Newton says she hasn’t gotten her money refunded two months after a women's expo she signed up for in April of this year was canceled.

Newton says she paid the organizer of the What Women Want Expo, Kathryn Clark, in December.

Newton says Clark needed the money before Christmas to reserve space at the Iowa Events Center.

In an email to vendors issued in March, Clark says the event was canceled because “several months back the Des Moines Women's Expo became the victim of very libelous and false postings through social media continuing even as of this morning,” Clark said in the email.

"As a small startup company in Iowa, we are not able to absorb the financial impact this has caused and proceed with the scheduled Expo,” it goes on to read.

Newton said she knew of the cancellation before that.

“In February, I got a hold of her and she said it was canceled and she didn`t want nobody else to know at the time so I didn`t say anything” said Newton.

In an email sent to Channel 13 on March 25, Clark wrote, “My lawyer and I are resolving all financial matters in a timely manner."

Two months later, Newton still hasn't seen the $120 she put down on a booth, and says that was only a small portion of what she lost.

“You`re talking about cans of stain that are $15 a can, you got the wood, we`re talking at least $700 or $800,” said Newton.

Newton contacted Clark via text about a refund in April; Clark responded she would be “sending out some checks May 1."

Newton tried again May 18 via Facebook message, asking when she would see a check, to contact her, and what was going on. She got a message three days later; it only contained a thumbs-up emoji.

“I had faith in Kathryn that she was going to give it back. She kept telling me, I was giving her the benefit of the doubt, I was sticking up for her and thought she was going to give it back, but when she sent me that thumbs up I knew she was not going to pay me back,” said Newton.

The Attorney General Consumer Protection Division has said it is working with Clark’s lawyer to refund the money.


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