COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 (UPI) -- The promoter of a gun show in Columbus, Ohio, has been accused of stealing money from the sponsors and forcing the event's cancellation.
Promoter Mike Duve allegedly stole an unspecified amount of funds from the Peoples Rights Organization and left behind several unpaid bills, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday.
Veterans Memorial General Manager John Loree said Duve allegedly fled town before Saturday's gun show but his disappearance was of little cost to the Columbus convention facility.
"The gentleman decided to leave town rather quickly," Loree said
"We're not really out anything, other than we might have been able to schedule someone else."
Yet for those who traveled to Ohio for the annual show, its sudden cancellation did prove costly.
"Everyone with the organization is telling me they are not responsible," said Little River Trading Co. owner John Lloyd, who lost $370 when the event was called off. "They canceled (the show) without telling anybody. We heard about it by word of mouth."