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(EL DORADO, AR) 17-year-old Zakari Smith had anything but the typical prom experience. She was forced to buy a gown the morning of the big night after her mother said she and her date were scammed out of nearly two thousand dollars. 

“Everything had to be bought over because we had no suit no dress, none of that,” said an upset Loretta Tubbs.

Back in October, Tubbs said she reached out to Dejza Stevenson a fashion designer in Dallas to get a custom dress for her daughter. She said she signed a contract, and the designer asked her to gather a group of girls for her to style for senior prom. 

“She prey off of kids because she got their attention and she know its their senior prom. What parent isn’t going all out,” said Tubbs. 

She said Stevenson would contact her through different numbers and on Facebook, but as it got closer to the day she received nothing but the run around. 

“She ended up texting me at 5:13 [in the morning] saying the sewing machine messed up and a lady that lived an hour away was on the way to get the part,” said Tubbs. 

Hours later no dress or suit and more than seventeen hundred dollars down the drain. However, she said out of the four dresses Stevenson was paid to create, two were delivered. 

We reached out to Stevenson for answers, but have yet to hear back. 

In the meantime, Tubbs said she wants other parents to be aware and she won’t stop spreading the word until something is done. 

“The thing that made me say I’m not going to stop until I can stop her is when I seen my baby cry. When I seen my baby cry that took me to a whole other level,” said Tubbs. 

She tells us she is planning to file a report with the Dallas Police Department. Since we started investigating the allegations parents and students in Farmerville have also reached out claiming to be victims of the same designer. 

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