A Los Angeles ticket company has sued Omar Afra, the founder of the Day for Night festival, for allegedly committing $500,000 in fraud.
Vivendi Ticketing US LLC, which is known by the name See Tickets, filed the civil lawsuit on July 19 in Harris County.
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According to the complaint, Afra, a well-known event organizer in the Houston area, made several false representations to See Tickets. The complaint says those falsehoods took place between Dec. 8-22, 2017.
The details concerned the Day for Night festival and future business expansion in the years after the festival, acording to the suit. Afra allegedly wrote false and misleading statements into the agreement, including his receiving a wire payment of $500,000.
See Tickets claims that it suffered significant fiscal losses as a result of his alleged fraud. The company is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in loss and damages.
The company is represented by attorney Robert J. Witte of Clark Hill Strasburger in Dallas. The company’s office did not return an immediate request for comment.
In August of 2018, Chron.com reported that Afra was removed from “any ownership or involvement in Day For Night from this day forward” (according to the festival’s official Facebook page), after he was accused by several women of sexual misconduct.
Afra pledged to “fight back against allegations that are patently false.”
Afra has worked on festivals put out by Free Press Houston, including the Free Press Summer Fest and the Westheimer Block Party.
Chron.com reached out to Afra for comment, but was unable to reach him.
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