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Good morning. I certainly understand your situation and concern. If he failed to perform under the contract, he would be in breach. You hired him, paid him according to the contract and in exchange, not only was he supposed to appear at the wedding and take pictures but likely deliver to you, a final set of images. At this point, your only remedy would be to file a civil lawsuit against him, to try and recover. You could ask the court for a return of your money or specific performance, being the photos which he took and which you paid for. It is tough to say at this time if there are any criminal charges to be filed but you can certainly contact the police and your local prosecutors office Monday morning, to see if they will look into the case. This is assuming he committed fraud and had the intent of taking the money and was never going to perform on the contract, as agreed. Based upon what you stated above, it seems like a civil issue where he went out of business. Once a cause of action is filed, the sheriff or process server will try and locate him, so he can be served with the summons and complaint.
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