Couple left looking for wedding venue after IRS closes golf club

Couple left looking for wedding venue after IRS closes golf club

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by DION LIM / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 11:41 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- For Huntersville couple Jessica Bodo and Jessie Benson, the last few weeks before their September wedding seemed like a breeze.

“All the invitations have been sent out, we’ve got a hotel and everything is done,” said Bodo.

But behind Jessica’s smile lies tremendous anxiety, after she discovered her wedding venue -- the Birkdale Golf Club -- suddenly shut down Tuesday without warning.

“I’m on a local mommy website and someone had posted [the news] on there...I called my parents freaking out,” Bodo said.

The club had been shut down by the IRS.

NBC Charlotte was there as police swarmed the facility.  Also on the premises, Marc Bodo -- Jessica’s father -- who had just paid $6,000 in cash to reserve the venue.

“I got a bad knot in my stomach and I didn’t know what was going to happen.  If we’re going to have to find a new place [we’ll have to] find it real quick,” said Marc.

Court and tax records reveal the club owed more than $200,000 in federal and state county back taxes.  In addition to those who booked the club for special events, dozens of members pay between $2,000-$3,000 a year to hit the links.

Jessica and Jessie haven’t had any luck finding a plan B.  All the other venues they tried inquiring about today were booked up.  The couple is thankful their big day isn’t next weekend.

As they wait for a response back, to learn if they’ll get their money back, one question remains.

“If you know you owed taxes, why didn’t you pay them so this didn’t happen,” asked Jessica.

The club can reopen if they pay their outstanding tax bill.

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