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Attorney General brokering deal for jilted reBar couples

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-12 22:28:34-04

BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Former reBar owner Jason Stevens pleaded guilty to grand larceny and tax fraud charges on Thursday after owing nearly $1 million in back taxes for the business.

As part of the deal, Stevens will spend between three  and ten years behind bars.

Stevens closed reBar on May 9 without warning. Former staffers claim Stevens took off with wedding deposits belonging to nearly 200 couples and totaling $1 million. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office says the matter between Stevens and the jilted brides and grooms is civil, not criminal.

PIX11 News has learned New York Attorney General Eric Schniederman’s office is working to broker a deal between Stevens and 73 couples for restitution, but the details of the agreement have not yet been finalized.

“There’s definite progress in that so many of the couples have been able to either get married and move on,” said Abigail Jones. She was set to get married at reBar this October. She will instead have her reception at 54 Below.

Tom Biertel, a co-owner of 54 Below told PIX 11, “we’ve been working with several of the couples to try to give them the party that they’d been hoping for at reBar.”