The CVB said in its statement that Lawler's event expenses, including amounts owed to various guests, were greater than the amount of funds held by the Convention Center in event ticket sales.
"The Convention Center issued payments on Mr. Lawler's behalf for expenses approved by Lawler. Once the available funds were exhausted, the Convention Center was no longer able to issue payments from Mr. Lawler's event funds," according to the CVB statement.
Late last week it was announced that Dave Prowse, the actor who physically portrayed Darth Vader in the Star Wars films would not be making it to EP-CON even though he had been featured on event fliers and on the event's website and Facebook page for months.
Early Wednesday, EP-CON organizers announced via their Facebook page that Marina Sirtis, Prowse, and McKenzie Westmore were no longer coming, as well.
"McKenzie Westmore is still filming Face/Off and cannot get away....even though she made every attempt to attend. It's unfortunate but we still have plenty of awesome guests!" the Facebook post stated.
Prowse, however, told a different story.
"Please note Dave is not appearing at EPCON in El Paso," a statement read on Prowse's website on Wednesday. "Dave had not heard anything from the organizer and we removed the event from this appearance page ages ago. The show organizer has been aware that Dave is not a guest at the show for a while. We sent several requests to the organizer to inform ticket buyers that Dave is not attending the show so that fans do not show up to see Dave and be disappointed. They did not do that. We requested again today that they post something to ticket buyers and they posted that Dave is a last minute cancellation, which is not true. We posted an explanation to fans on the EPCON facebook page, but our post was deleted and we are now blocked from posting the explanation again. If you are a ticket holder for this show, please accept Dave's apologies for any inconvenience caused, but this is the fault of the organizer and not Mr. Prowse."
A later post on EP-CON's Facebook page elaborated on Prowse not appearing at the convention.
"For the record, Dave Prowse did not cancel on EPCON 2012....we've hand some problems with his overall arrangements and we knew for some time that his trip was not going to be possible....but we held out hoping it could be arranged last minute. But alas....it didn't work out. All of our obligations to the Sith Lord will be met and hopefully we can schedule him another visit to the Sun City. Stay tuned!" EP-CON said in a Facebook status.
EP-CON was a recipient of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department's (MCAD) KicksArt grant funds in 2011 and 2012.