Ex-matchmaker deceived clients, judge says

A story on today’s front page tells the story of Gary Ferone of Eastchester, who was found liable for defrauding clients of his former matchmaking businesses, both of which have gone bankrupt.

Great Date Now and its successor, Meet Over Drinks, were sued by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo after a flood of clients complained that they were jilted by the dating service. They said the companies took their money and never set them up with the promised number of people, if any at all. They also paid up to $5,500 for this service.

A Westchester County civil court judge found in favor of the AG’s office and held Ferone personally liable for his companies’ actions. The judge also and ordered restitution. The AG is asking for $720,000.

To read more of the story, including a personal account from a former Great Date Now client, click here.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.