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New Jersey Prom Dress Shop Owner Charged With Filing False Report

Red Carpet Prom dress shop in Wayne, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

Red Carpet Prom dress shop in Wayne, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

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WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) –  Police have charged the owner of a New Jersey prom gown shop who has drawn consumer complaints with filing a false burglary report.

Several teenagers have claimed that Red Carpet Prom dress shop in Wayne took their money and failed to deliver gowns, or delivered dresses that were damaged or the wrong size.

The store’s owner, Patricia Dowling, filed a burglary report last week, claiming $600 and 40 dresses were stolen.

However, police said surveillance video shows Dowling taking the missing items off the rack.

The charge carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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