Kevin O'Connell, Jr.

5 Mar

The forecast is jail with mixed restitution.

Jokes aside, this story made me very sad. Kevin is a great chef, and the O’Connells’ restaurant on Kenmore is fantastic.

UPDATE: Here’s the article from the Great Falls, Montana paper, and it goes into more detail about the crimes with which O’Connell is accused (bad checks) and convicted (credit cards).

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12 Responses to “Kevin O'Connell, Jr.”

  1. Terry March 5, 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    Wrong career choice for him..he should have been a defense contractor

  2. Talk to Great Falls March 5, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Someone should talk to the locals in Great Falls, and see what the opinions are of the man who was Kevin’s partner out there…would make for a great investigative piece.

  3. Buffalopundit March 6, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    is the Great Falls Tribune article about this story, and there’s some more detail about how O’Connell pulled this off. Also, he’s facing up to 10 years in prison plus $250,000 in fines, in addition to restitution.

  4. John Swanson March 6, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    I watched the tough RedCoats yesterday and noticed that they aired this story on only 1 broadcast yesterday evening. They did POUND “poor” Christopher Alf as “ripping off” tax payers (which he did for sure and got off lightly) but laid low on there bloated weatherman’s son. Just like they do with Erica Brason’s hubby who gives and gets a lot of money from local Pols and the government! They are such hypocritical a-holes!

  5. Greg March 6, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    I heard about this yesterday. Searched WGRZ.com today and found nothing

  6. kris March 6, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    I’m not really sure why this story made you sad, unless you were sad for the people that got their credit card statements & had fraudulent charges put on them. This is pretty dirty. I chalk a bit of it up to immaturity & inexperience but at the root of it it is an incredibly slimy thing to do. And he didn’t just do it once. There should have been a huge FAIL BOAT on this one.

    Also, no “great chef” wears Crocs in the kitchen.

  7. hank March 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Guess I’m too old and been gone too long–Kevin O’Connell SR most of you know from TV–but I remember him as the 6-10 weeknight DJ on WYSL 1110 (I believe) AM in Buffalo, circa 65-68?

    Kevin Jr? didn’t even know there was one. But I’ll check out the bistro when I come home this summer.

  8. Bill Dogg March 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    This kid is a crook. He stole. He should be punished. Don’t steal. Obey the law. It is pretty simple stuff. [DELETED. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY, EMAIL BUFFALOPUNDIT[at]GMAIL.COM]. The skeletons exist in the closet.

  9. MediaWatcher March 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    This is a sad story and it seems this got more media coverage than it would have if it was a chef unrelated to a local news personality.

    I can’t understand why people would harp on WGRZ for not covering this story. Really, does every single media outlet in town have to cover a story that isn’t that important?

  10. worried customer March 8, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    In early March 2005, a corporate credit card registered to a pharmaceutical sales representative from Eli Lilly and Company was used to pay for a banquet dinner at the Indigo Lounge, and was legitimately charged for the cost of the banquet. A few days later, O’Connell charged the card for $3,142. Later that month, an employee of BNSF railroad used a corporate card to pay for catering service from the restaurant. O’Connell later charged an additional $5,120 to the card without authorization. In May 2005, the credit card processing company used by the Indigo Lounge canceled their contract with the restaurant because of the unauthorized charges, according to court documents. The restaurant then contracted with another card processing company. Later that month, a local businessman paid for lunch at the restaurant. Over the next month, O’Connell made nine unauthorized charges — totaling $30,000 — to the man’s card.

  11. IsaidSwitch May 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    Since when does one’s selection of footwear decide how one performs his or her job? That comment is laughable.

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