A Sioux City woman accused by numerous local craft vendors of being the proverbial “Grinch who stole Christmas,” scamming them out of hundreds of dollars each.
A woman accused of staging phony holiday craft fairs, pocketing vendors money and failing to pay for venue space she reserved is now trying to use the Federal Bankruptcy Court to shield herself from having to pay anyone the money she owes them.
You’ll recall Teri Hardy Hatland. 9 Investigates first reported on this Sioux City woman in December when we discovered craft fair vendors who said she ripped them off — taking their money to participate in holiday craft fairs that never took place.
But now Hardy Hatland is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy according to court documents obtained on Wednesday by 9 Investigates.
We went to Hardy Hatland’s Sioux City home on Wednesday night to ask her about the bankruptcy and the money she’s accused of scamming, but a man believed to be her husband answered the door and then abruptly closed it on us.
As some vendors told us when 9 Investigates first looked into Teri Hardy Hatland’s financial dealings, they are fearful they’ll never get their money back.
Those vendors who accuse Hardy Hatland of ripping them off will get a chance to confront her if they wish. The bankruptcy court has scheduled a creditors meeting on February 6, 2017 at the Sioux City Convention Center at 9:30 a.m.
Terry Hardy Hatland is no stranger to the court system. She has a prior criminal record for stealing money and writing bad checks.