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Wild wedding stories: Bride pleads not guilty to theft charge

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The ABC7 I-Team is following developments in the case of a north suburban bride who recently pleaded not guilty to a theft charge. (WLS)

An ABC7 I-Team Investigation
The ABC7 I-Team is following developments in the case of a north suburban bride who recently pleaded not guilty to a theft charge.

Lake County authorities charged the bride in question with theft of services just weeks after an I-Team investigation.

Patricia Miller Fields is only facing one criminal count, but others say she owes them money, or that she misrepresents herself. ABC7's Jason Knowles caught up with Fields after her Lake County court arraignment this week.

Knowles asks: "Do you have anything to say about the theft of service charge, anything at all?"

Fields kept smiling, and her lawyer did the talking.

Her attorney responded: "All of the answers will be in court. You have got the trial dates right, Jason?"

The case involves Dallas baker Nikki Jackson, who catered Fields' crimson and creme-themed wedding in Gurnee. Jackson says Fields owes her about $4,500 because checks bounced. A Dallas make-up artist also says Fields owes her money for the wedding.

Fields responded to Jackson's claims with a lawsuit, claiming the bill was paid in full and that the baker overcharged her and had agreed to hold onto payments until the dispute was resolved.

But there are more claims. Lamar Sparks says Fields told him she was a lawyer so she could get his personal information. In a police report, he said she racked up debt in his name.

Knowles asks: "Anything to say about Lamar Sparks?"

Her attorney responds: "A person is presumed innocent, you would agree to that, wouldn't you?"

Knowles asks: "Well, that's why we are asking?"

And court records show ex-husband Kelvin Parks demanded an annulment after discovering Fields was not a lawyer. We confirmed she's not a registered attorney in Illinois.

And a Greek watchdog website put a collage online that says that Fields has been claiming to be a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in social media posts. Delta Sigma Theta says she's not a member.

But in a Facebook post, Fields said: "I have no reason to lie..." and "my attorney will subpoena the site.. and all of this will be laid to rest."

She drove off in a shiny white Jaguar. Fields' former divorce attorney showed us a court order, saying he's still owed $2,500.

She and her current attorneys have not responded to that claim.

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