Business problems dogging Forest Lake...

Business problems dogging Forest Lake City Council member

There are 57 comments on the story from Feb 14, 2010, titled Business problems dogging Forest Lake City Council member. In it, 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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FL Guy

Cambridge, MN

#1 Feb 14, 2010
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.

“it takes a lot to laugh”

Since: Oct 09

St Paul

#2 Feb 14, 2010
What a loser, hopefully this article will get the word out and he wont be able to do business in Forest Lake or anyplace else.
No spin zone

Shiprock, NM

#3 Feb 14, 2010
We stopped having our union meetings at this joint because of Bo. Nice spot for a bar and grill if you can get an honest person in there. Right by the lake nice.
FL character


#4 Feb 14, 2010
It is past time for Bogotty to resign from the City Council. Interesting that apparently the Forest Lake administration should have been aware of some of the details of the situation from the complaints to the police department. He should have been stopped a long time ago. But some of the people pulling Bogotty's strings want him in to votes can go their way. Forest Lakes's ethics pledge is very weak and this will be a difficult tool to use against him. A censure? This is pretty meaningless. He is an incompetant council member and only serves to maintain the poor path that Forest Lake is following.
Elizabeth Mies

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Feb 14, 2010
This company didn't pay my daughter,her taxes on what they did pay her, or work comp. I'm a local business owner too, and I would never get away with the things this company has gotten away with! Maybe i need to be a city counsel member to get the "Get Out of Jail Free" pass. It makes me sick and makes the good business owners look bad, Forest Lake better make an example of the Bogatty's!
FL concerned citizen

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Feb 14, 2010
Bo - out of respect for the city and its citizen, please step aside. You have not been an effective member for a while and this will only distract from the city's business. If any of these things are true, a censure is meaningless. If the city is serious about its elected officials being held to any standards, they should throw him out of office.
A past employee

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 15, 2010
I agree with all the posts except for one thing. Vicki was in charge of payroll. Bo can barely sign his own name. She held the upper hand in this business. Her full intention was to open a place, screw over people, make some money, hide that money and leave Bo-which she has now did. She is now making it appear she had nothing to do with how the business was handled. That is a lie, she had everything to do with it,she would make Bo sit in the car while she came in and took all the money.
And she hid it. She got a loan to bail the business out and hid that money too. We believe it is in her mothers account. Or her sons.
She is laughing about the fact Bo is under scrutiny-and it is all her fault. Not saying Bo is a nice guy because he is not-he has a history of being a thief and a pervert. But this business was Vicki's baby-her means of escape-and she moved out 17 days after the place closed.

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Feb 15, 2010
The problems started as soon as it opened......??? Why wasn't this a topic of conversation at the council meetings????
Bo says he is not the owner?
Next line says he and his wife opened Joe's.
Cannot have it both ways.
You are either responsible or not. You either own it or not.
Because it failed you are not responsible? Because your wife failed to pay $45,000 in back rent and the judge said to close, you are not responsible? How does that work?
Vicki Bogotty works at TCF-handling OTHER peoples money. She is guilty of tax evasion among other things. How does a financial institution keep an employee like her?
Maybe she should lose her job and be without a paycheck? Just to see how it feels?
Can of worms

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Feb 15, 2010
has been opened. Wondering how the city of Forest Lake let this go on for over 6 months?
Complaints started right away? Reports to Labor Board started right away?
Apparently the city turned a blind eye to the corruption.
How can you be an elected official, run a business and commit all these crimes and keep your seat?
All you have to do is Google his name and you can see problems dating back to the 90's with this guy.
And yet he was allowed to open a business?
Apparently Forest Lake is the place to scam people. And get away with it!!!!!

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Feb 15, 2010
ok so this will get sweeped under the ruh like it has been done in the past, funny that the bogottys are corrupt and you never read about it in the local paper, they go to court and we only seen one story in the paper, so how many people do they have to pay off to keep this out of the news, i really hope the news picks this up and looks into there past, turst me it would be a really good story, or will history repeat itself and the bogottys will make this go away as well????
ANother Kennedy

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Feb 15, 2010
FL Guy 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.
I resemble that remark.
TV Stations

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Feb 15, 2010
So Ch 9? Ch 11? Ch 4? Ch 5?
Why don't you grab a hold of this story and dig deeper?
I believe people will come out now with their stories and you may be amazed at all those stories.
Like the previous post says: WHY has their history been swept under a rug?
Corruption at it's finest.
If you want to run a Ponzi scam, Forest Lake seems to be the place!!!!!

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Feb 15, 2010
to all the people that ever ate at joes, you were being charged a lq tax, it didnt matter if you were drinking or not you paid tax on boose, so, she bought her lq from local lq stores and served it in her place and than charged you a lq tax!!!!! I thought that that was agensed the law???? How can one person get away with so much in one little town and no one did a thing to stop her???? not paying your employees isnt that theft by swindle??? someone please tell me how this can happen with nothing happening to her, i wish i had money too pay people off!!!!!!!
court again

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Feb 15, 2010
So you have court again on the 18th.......are you going to show up this time???
All people who have not been paid, make sure you include VICKI's name on the documents!!!!!! She was in charge of paying the bills.......and the payroll.....and the taxes.......and the rent.
So my take on this??? She did not pay rent, she did not pay employees, she did not pay her business taxes, she did not pay her vendors, she did not pay her phone, elec,gas or cable, they were in there constantly threatening disconnections, so WHO did you pay????? YOURSELF??????????
Liquor store purchases

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 15, 2010
You bought all your liquor and beer at the local liquor you gave all liquor/beer dist. bad checks and they would no longer deliver to you.... This is ILLEGAL. You cannot buy off sale and sell it as on sale.
You stopped shopping in FL and shopped in Hugo when they were 'on to you'.......then you hit White Bear and God knows what other cities. You would pull up in the back, in the dark and haul in your purchases. You knew it was WRONG.
But you kept doing it.

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Feb 15, 2010
NOTHING will come of this, the Bogottys have money to pay people off they have been doing it for years, do the research and you will find all the law suits, not one time have they had to own up to what they did and will do forever as long as they stay in forest lake!
no Workers Comp Ins

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Feb 15, 2010
Really? You let your workers comp policy lapse right after opening the doors?
How does one get away with this???
This proves to me you never cared about any of your employees from the start. IF anyone got hurt-they were on their own to cover medical bills? And I know 2 people who were hurt because you never fixed a thing!!!! Like all the plumbing issues and the leaking water on the floors.
Skid free shoes are required in this business but it is the owners responsibility to make a SAFE work place. You FAILED
pay off money

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Feb 15, 2010
The Bogotty's have 'pay off' money but cannot pay the people they owe.
Funny how that works.
They have not paid off ONE person. They have many many judgments against them and their so called businesses and no one has received a dime.
Supposedly they have no money according to the article.....ha ha........Bo has money hidden and so does Vicki. It is a matter of opening up those books.
I hope the IRS nails both of you to a wall.
Didn't this happen before? A raid by the IRS on one of your other businesses??? Funny how history has a way of repeating itself!!!!!!
playing the handicap card

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 15, 2010
So reading some history about Bo's seat on CC, he apparently had a stroke and forced his way back on CC playing the 'handicap' card?
The man has no short term memory.The man cannot hold a thought.And he is in charge of making decisions that impact a city???? And now I see he is a school liaison???? How in the heck does that fly? The man cannot stand children.......he is mean to his own grandchildren!!!!!
He also has sexual harassment suits filed against him from former employees, and he is allowed to be around kids????????? The man is a known pervert yet the CC lets him be a part of a school???????
playing the victim

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Feb 15, 2010
Vicki Bogotty is trying to play the victim here. She is not making comments to the media at this time, letting only Bo speak about the business, knowing that he has a short fuse and will go off on a reporter or 2. He has a history of screaming at his vendors/employees (even the police got a taste of his temper) in front of customers making the atmosphere really uncomfortable for all.
And Vicki knows this. In fact she is banking on him making a fool out of himself in public while she chooses the 'no comment' angle. She wants people to think she is some poor poor victim in all this. UNTRUE. She is not stupid, she knows exactly what she is doing. Only fools will believe her lies and deceitful ways.
She had this planned all along. And so far seems to be getting away with it.

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