Business problems dogging Forest Lake...

Business problems dogging Forest Lake City Council member

There are 57 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 14, 2010, titled Business problems dogging Forest Lake City Council member. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Forest Lake City Council member Bo Bogotty, who is part owner of a downtown bar and grill, is accused of not paying his employees, writing bad checks and failing to pay taxes.

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censured

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Feb 15, 2010
cen┬Ěsure (snshr)
n.
1. An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
2. An official rebuke, as by a legislature of one of its members.
What will happen? A slap on the wrists? No responsibility to make right on his financial obligations?(anyone who thinks this man has no money is WRONG)
Or will he lose his seat?
council meeting FL

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Feb 15, 2010
Feb 22nd, 7:00pm..........I think anyone and everyone who is owed money should show up to this meeting and see what happens!!!!!!!
Let's see what the council members have to say about one of their own!!!!!
Wonder why

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Feb 15, 2010
Right before Bogottys and his friend Marty opened Joe's they had remodeled and tried to open the old Chi Chi's in Brooklyn Center but the city council in Brooklyn Center refused to give them a license because of all their past shady operations. Wonder why the city council in Forest Lake didn't catch this??????? In fact they still owe the people who did the remodeling at the Brooklyn Center site.
wonder why 2

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Feb 15, 2010
Because Bo is on the city council...they did not do the investigation of the liquor license properly!!!
The city council approved it, and I can bet my last dollar they knew about Bo's history!!!!! But this time Vicki put it in her name ONLY. That is how they got around it.
Do you miss me yet

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Feb 15, 2010
-Msnbc should get on this story
-any news station
-the people who worked there should repo everything they own
-Bo, Vicki, and Bo's Son Must Pay for there actions
-Karma Will Get you Bogotty's
-Paying under the table, lieing about taking out taxes, stealing peoples identity, not paying at all, and serving to minors
FL Resident

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Feb 15, 2010
No matter whom has owned it that place has been cursed since it opened. It was always either bad service or bad food or a combo of the two. It could be a goldmine, it's in a great setting etc. (The parking sucks but oh well) Plus now the building is getting run down etc.
Question

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Feb 15, 2010
What was Marty Bertzyck's involvement with the Bogotty's? Wasn't he Bo's business partner at this place. The whole M.O. of this operation sounds a lot like what Marty has always done at his places. Take the money, pay no bills or taxes and get out. Even the scam of putting cheap booze in more expensive bottles. Maybe he just took advantage of Bo's mental disability since his stroke. Who knows? But they are both very dishonest and should never be allowed to operate a business again. Of course they will and just put it in another family members name, something that has been going on in the liquor business for years.
FL Watcher

Eden Prairie, MN

#28 Feb 15, 2010
Sometimes instead of killing the rat, you look for the nest. In 2004, Bogotty co-campaigned for Council with Terry Smith's campaign for Mayor. Bo lost, but Smith tried to repay by appointment to the Economic Development Authority. In 2006, Smith appoints Greg Ochs to complete the term of a resigning councilman upon his promise not run in the next election. In November, Ochs breaks his promise and runs jointly with Bogotty. Smith, Ochs and Bogotty continue their "kitchen cabinet" meetings at Main Event/Joe's until the latter is finally closed. Perhaps the silent partner is the owner/lessor of the Main Event/Joe's property, Gaughn Properties, which depends upon city paid lighting, parking and maintenance at Lake and Broadway. Can an owner/lessor of commerical property really be unaware of illegal nonpayment of employee wages,taxes, Worker's Comp, Unemployment Comp, bar and grill suppliers, HVAC contractors and other vendors? Follow the money AND the smell.
FL character

AOL

#29 Feb 15, 2010
I certainly encourage those who desire Bogotty to resign from the council to attend the meeting on the 22nd and speak at the Public Forum. To be effective, you need to briefly state your experience with him with facts and state that you think because of your experience, he should resign his council seat. Use the opportunity to tie your experience with him to his elected position and call for his resignation.
Marty

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Feb 15, 2010
Marty was fired end of October by Vicki-she accused him of stealing (of course, everyone who ever worked for her was a thief in her mind) Her step son Shawn, Bo's son, is/was a heroin addict and stole her blind. Took her forever to fire him.
Marty got hurt, slipped and fell, and could not work, he filed a workers comp claim and found out she let the policy lapse. So who was a thief? Then he got a lawyer-then she fired him. How convenient. Anyone who caused her problems was let go.(and never paid) But towards the end she banked on people quitting so then she felt she did not have to pay them.
I am guessing Shawn will be the next owner of the place, why not let a drug addict who was charged with child endangerment-he shot up heroin in front of his 3 yr old daughter,was busted, and somehow this was also buried and covered up......he never got sentenced. So Bo not only bought his seat but bought his son way out of jail.
FL Guy

Pleasanton, CA

#31 Feb 15, 2010
ANother Kennedy wrote:
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I resemble that remark.
I wrote: Not to mention how much of a pervert this guy is. Ask one of the many young girls whom have worked for him over the years and the stories are sickening.

Why do you resemble it? If you're one of the girls then turn him in!
FL Guy

Pleasanton, CA

#32 Feb 15, 2010
FL Watcher wrote:
Sometimes instead of killing the rat, you look for the nest. In 2004, Bogotty co-campaigned for Council with Terry Smith's campaign for Mayor. Bo lost, but Smith tried to repay by appointment to the Economic Development Authority. In 2006, Smith appoints Greg Ochs to complete the term of a resigning councilman upon his promise not run in the next election. In November, Ochs breaks his promise and runs jointly with Bogotty. Smith, Ochs and Bogotty continue their "kitchen cabinet" meetings at Main Event/Joe's until the latter is finally closed. Perhaps the silent partner is the owner/lessor of the Main Event/Joe's property, Gaughn Properties, which depends upon city paid lighting, parking and maintenance at Lake and Broadway. Can an owner/lessor of commerical property really be unaware of illegal nonpayment of employee wages,taxes, Worker's Comp, Unemployment Comp, bar and grill suppliers, HVAC contractors and other vendors? Follow the money AND the smell.
FL Watcher - That is quite the list and very accurate. Karen Morehead (school board member) is the one running all the campaigns in the background. She also just helped out Kathy Bystrom and Erin Turner in last years election. Do you also recall the Dawn Nelson, Terry Smith and Andy Meyer? http://fruitfly.wordpress.com/2006/12/05/swif... is a story that makes Bo look like a saint!
Vicki Bogotty

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Feb 15, 2010
Vicki has admitted to searching her data base at TCF looking for familiar names so she can 'mess' with their accounts. She said this back when people demanded their money and said they would take her to court, this was her way of getting back at them. She thinks this is all a big joke. That people work for free. She thinks she doesn't owe anyone anything, but they owe her. She has no idea of who she owes what. This is her latest excuse as to why she isn't paying anyone. She has not made an attempt to pay anyone!!!! If you say anything/demand your pay she puts you on the bottom of 'her list'.........what flipping list??????
Billy

New Richmond, WI

#34 Feb 15, 2010
White Bear Lake Superstore car dealer are crooks and liars. They sold me a lemon do not do business with these rude people especially the manager and salesman Kevin Otto
Sgt Ret

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Feb 15, 2010
Ahem - check the rest of the counsil.
What

Minneapolis, MN

#36 Feb 15, 2010
Billy wrote:
White Bear Lake Superstore car dealer are crooks and liars. They sold me a lemon do not do business with these rude people especially the manager and salesman Kevin Otto
And this has what to do with the topic at hand?
Billy Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#37 Feb 15, 2010
Unfortunately tons and tons of local politicians work this way. The voting public usually seems to forgive or forget and keep them in office. Look around. In every other community, you can find a mayor or council member accused of not paying their taxes, under the table seedy deals, providing jobs or other benefits for friends or some other criminal issues. It's time we all started paying more attention and holding these people accountable.
tax id

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Feb 16, 2010
Vicki Bogotty is refusing to give people W2's. When asked for her Fed Tax ID so people can file their taxes, she made one up and the system kicked it back of course........then she was asked again, she made up another number!
She is refusing to cooperate. How do you get away with this?
Gaughn Properties

Minneapolis, MN

#39 Feb 16, 2010
How did Vicki get a loan to bail her business out if she was behind in her rent? I believe someone at Gaughn Properties told the loan company she was current under the promise she would pay rent with the loan money and instead she hid the money so she could leave her husband? So maybe Gaughn deserves this? Another empty property sitting on a busy corner getting more run down by the day. As long as that property has any association with the Bogotty name it will never become a prosperous business. Bad karma attached to it.
Can I

Minneapolis, MN

#40 Feb 16, 2010
Open a bar in FL? Please? I really need the money. I promise to not pay taxes, I promise to not pay employees. I promise not to file my business with the unemployment office. I will put cheap booze in premium bottles and sell it for the highest price I can get. I will sell cheap beer in kegs marked with a popular brand. I will make sure my unpaid employees will not ever get paid no matter how much money I make. I promise I will lie to my landlord every month about where my rent money is. I promise I will not have the proper documents-I will hire illegals.
I promise I will let my employees sell and do drugs while on my watch. I promise I will lie to the authorities about my business.
I promise I will write bad checks. I promise I will not show up for court when asked-served.
Please, please, please.......I NEED THE MONEY

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