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Wedding Photographer From Hell Gets 510 Days in Jail For Cheating Clients Out of $125,000 in Services from the Big Day

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Los Angeles' own wedding photographer from hell has been sentenced to 510 days in jail, according to the Los Angeles Times.Hiring Alan Brent Carruth of Alan Brent Photography ended up being a disastrous choice for 42 local couples tying the knot. One couple who wed in 2003 never got their wedding pictures. Other couples said Carruth promised to photograph their wedding but sent an inexperienced photographer instead.

In total, Carruth fleeced 42 couples out of $125,000 in promised services. Carruth met many of his victims at local wedding expos. A complaint board tells the heartbreaking tales of disorganized photo shoots that lasted most of the reception, yellow-tinted photos and unreturned phone calls when the couples asked for their pictures.

One commenter identified as Keith and Alina wrote on the site, "my wife and i will never have these memories of our first wedding... and he nor his family could care less."

Carruth pleaded no contest to eight misdemeanor counts of grand theft this June. In addition to his 510 day sentence, a judge ordered him to hand over his photographs, pay restitution to his victims and repay $19,542 to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs for conducting its investigation.