Wedding planner arrested on fraud charges

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:03 p.m., Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:31 p.m.
Charleston police arrested local wedding planner Robert Lawson Smith, 35, and charged him with financial transaction card theft. A bride claims Smith used her husband’s credit cards to pay off his own outstanding debt related to his event planning business, Lawson Roberts, LLC.

Charleston police on Sunday arrested a wedding planner accused of using a couple’s credit cards to pay off his business’ debt.

Police charged Robert Lawson Smith, 35, of Barre Street with financial transaction card theft in connection with the incident.

Wendy Shearer of Miami told police she and her now husband, Adam Shearer, hired Smith through his event planning company, White Tuxedo Production.

Smith also operates under the name Lawson Roberts.

The couple used their credit cards to pay Smith a $2,500 retainer fee and as well as $63,000, which he was supposed to use to pay multiple vendors, an incident report states.

Smith told the couple that their wedding was paid in full two months prior to the May 2011 event, Shearer said.

The day before their honeymoon, however, the couple received a call from their credit card company alerting them to possible fraud, Shearer said.

The couple discovered an additional $28,000 in charges on their credit cards for vendors that Smith had claimed to have already paid, the report states.

Smith has been released on a $10,000 bail, court records show.

Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.

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