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Cecil County vineyard closes after owner pleads guilty to tax fraud, leaving couples without wedding venue

Cecil County vineyard closes after owner pleads guilty to tax fraud, leaving couples without wedding venue

Stacia Prassinas' wedding at The Winery at Elk Manor, a vineyard overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, was just two months away when she got a call from the caterer.

The Cecil County venue, which subcontracted the catering, hadn't paid, Prassinas was told. Nervous about what it meant for her big day, she called the venue's owner, Simon Tusha. She said he assured her everything was fine and that the Sept. 9 wedding would happen.

On Tuesday, she received the email that confirmed her lingering fears.

"We regret to inform you that The Winery at Elk Manor's ability to continue operations has been adversely impacted due to circumstances beyond our control," the venue...

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