Criminal charges filed against Blue Springs travel agent, but bride isn’t satisfied

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A travel agent is now facing felony charges after police say she took thousands from a bride and groom who hired her to plan their destination wedding, then lied about booking the travel for dozens of guests.

Jackson County prosecutors this week charged Lisa Philpott with two felony counts of forgery. But Jana Siemer, the bride, believes that’s not harsh enough considering many of her family and friends are still out thousands of dollars.

“The most frustrating part is that she lied to our face here in our house,” Siemer said, “with everybody here saying, ‘You guys are going to love it! It's going to be so much fun!’ She was lying. She had nothing booked, and on top of that, that's our wedding. You don't really take our wedding.”

Police said Philpott collected nearly $50,000 from Siemer and her 46 wedding guests, then intentionally lied to them about booking their flights and hotel rooms in Mexico, when in fact, she had not.

“I just don't see how somebody could do this to somebody's wedding,” Siemer said. “Alright, go steal $50,000, do whatever. But don't ruin somebody's wedding and steal $50,000.”

The criminal charges came nearly eight months after Siemer and her friends filed the initial police reports. She said some of her family and friends have gotten reimbursed, either through Philpott, their bank or PayPal.

But she and her wedding guests believe more criminal charges against Philpott, especially for theft, would’ve been better than a refund.

“I don't think that justice is being served completely,” Siemer said. “She does have two counts for forgery, but nothing for theft. She didn't just forge two things – she just forged everything on 46 different people.”

Philpott’s bond was set at $10,000, but she was released on recognizance. Fox 4 went to her house seeking comment, but she didn’t answer the door.

Philpott’s next court date is set for Feb. 18.