A Cape May County event promoter accused of stealing $5,000 has decided to temporarily shut down her company.
On Wednesday, Boardwalk Entertainment Co. founder Amanda Thomas, 25, of Wildwood Crest, announced the company would be shut down due to allegations she stole thousands of dollars from a vendor and rival promoter.
All permits awarded to Boardwalk Entertainment for 2018 events, which included food truck festivals, beach concerts, a pet-adoption program and a train show, have been rescinded by the city of Wildwood.
“I’m personally devastated by everything that has happened,” Thomas said Wednesday. “This entire situation was blown out of proportion. I feel like I’ve been railroaded here, and I made this decision because I didn’t want to add stress to (the city of Wildwood).”
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday he wasn’t sure yet what the future holds for the events Boardwalk Entertainment was planning. Thomas said she passed along some of the concepts and ideas to another promoter.
“I look forward to being back soon,” she said. “I think the fact that a young woman came into the ‘old boys club’ to try and put on these events made some people very uncomfortable.”
Thomas was charged with theft by unlawful taking and computer criminal activity after she withdrew $5,000 from a victim’s bank account without that person’s knowledge, according to a statement from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Monday, Thomas said the money was taken by mistake and was refunded as soon as she found out about it.
This isn’t the first time Thomas and her company have had trouble.
In 2016, Ocean City police charged her with withdrawing $3,666 from the Betsy Young Memorial Fund and using the money for personal expenses.
Thomas, formerly of Ocean City, formed the fund herself after high school to honor an Ocean City Intermediate School teacher who had a brain tumor. She enrolled in a one-year pretrial intervention program, and the 2016 charge was later dismissed.
Boardwalk Entertainment also created the Wildwood Food Truck Festival and worked on the Fall in Love with Wildwood marketing campaign in Cape May County. She coordinated a 2017 food truck festival in Ventnor.