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Long Island party planner accused of stealing deposits

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – By all accounts Robert Kanowitz, known locally as "Bobby K," had a stellar reputation. Up until recently he catered all the big events at Temple Tikvah but now some families say they can''t find Bobby K or their deposit money.

The Zyman and the Beitler families both live in Plainview, Long Island. They we're gearing up for major celebrations and trusted the catering for their sons' bat mitzvahs.

"We went, we met with Bobby, had a nice conversation and he showed us around." Alyssa Beitler said. "We liked what we saw.'

"He was a great salesman, he sold it to us," Melissa Zyman said. 'We gave a deposit by check for $2,500."

Melissa Zyman signed a contract with Bobby K to cater her son's bat mitzvah at the North Shore Synagogue in Syosett. Beitler hired Kanowitz's company Dynamic Events for their event at Temple Tikvah in New Hyde Park.

But then they started to see unsettling rumors on Facebook.

Zyman called Bobby and he said Temple decided to new renew his contract. Since then it appears he has disappeared along with their deposit money.

No explanations. No refunds.

But both families know they're not alone.

PIX11 went to Kanowitz's home and there was no answer.

New York District Attorney's Office is also investigating Bobby K and his practices.