Monday, August 03, 2015

HOT SPOT: Former Boystown Bar Owner Pleads Guilty To Arson

Frank Elliott, the former Boystown bar owner who was accused of having another gay bar he owned in Oak Park set afire as part of an insurance scheme in 2012, has reached a plea deal.

Elliott pleaded guilty to one count of arson and one count of insurance fraud.

In exchange for his plea, Elliott received 2 years probation, a fine of $1,179, and was ordered to pay restitution of $107,000.

At the time of the fire, Elliott publicly stated that he believed the fire to be a hate crime.

Elliott occasionally employed convicted Uptown arsonist Daniel Grunauer at his now-shuttered Boystown club, Bonsai Bar & Lounge, as well as at the Velvet Rope in Oak Park.

As CWB reported exclusively last year, Grunauer just happened to be named as a co-starring attraction in the next-to-last Tweet sent by Velvet Rope before it was set on fire.

Grunauer was sentenced to a 3-year prison term in January after pleading guilty to arson and burglary in connection with two Uptown incidents. He was never charged in the Oak Park matter.

Image: An OakPark.com photo of Frank Elliott outside of his Velvet Rope bar shortly after it burned in 2012.
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16 comments:

  1. A very sad story and but for the Grace of God....

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    1. Huh? He got off easy. Except for the grace of God, you'd be an arsonist and fraudster too?

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  2. HIStory is the reason I started staying away from Boystown - permanently. Nevermind the crime, you've got people like him planting roots on Halsted a week after they burned a building down.

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  3. No jail time? Wow! Crime does pay.

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  4. The worst part is that he blamed it on a gay hate crime. He craved money and victimhood and made it happen. And his punishment? 0 days in prison.

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  5. Hate to say this, but every time I hear about a hate crime in the news now, I immediately assume it's a hoax. Especially if it's in a place with a reputation for being liberal like Oak Park or Portland or something.

    I love the fact that there was a BENEFIT event for this place after this guy burned down his own club for the insurance money. Scam the insurance money for cash, and then scam your own community/clientelle for more money. Classy, buddy. Real classy.

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    1. I feel the same way too and it pisses me off because there's genuinely real discrimination against GLBT folks and when this happens, there's a sense of that we're all a bunch of drama queens (no pun intended) who crave attention. Meanwhile, the people who do have real hate crimes against them are looked at as frauds. Thanks a lot, asshole.

      But yeah, nice - no jail time for being a fraud. Disgusting.

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    2. Exactly. There is REAL discrimination against GLBT. This sort of shit... fraudulently exploiting GLBT discrimination for financial gain is absolutely loathsome.

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  6. Anyone who willingly chooses to associate with this sociopath must have serious issues. There is not one person, place or thing Frank Elliot has touched that has not been burned in the process. Pun intended.
    In the end, time will not be kind to him. He served no time in prison for his detestable crimes, but life will become his jailor. He had his dreams of being a big shot in Boystown and his insatiable ego was no match for reality.
    He will spend the rest of his life hustling for a dollar and he will die disillusioned and lonely. Perhaps this is not the dramatic fate that those of us who know him wanted to see, but it's fitting nonetheless.
    Poetic justice for this hack, fake, loser.

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  7. Too easy. He deserved MUCH worse...

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  8. Frank never paid any taxes he took out of my check when I worked at Bonsai!!!

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  9. just goes to show you can buy your way out any trouble in some cities

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    1. His Grandma must of opened her wallet to help little Frankie out.

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  10. It is a matter of public record that this now admitted arsonist's home burnt down years ago. Further, this detestable creature masquerades with his Grandmother as taste makers at their family enterprise. Never have I witnessed people so abuse their power over others that they employ with such impunity. What an astounding insult to the GLBT community, especially after coming to his assistance. Further, any singed property owners unfortunate enough to have been damaged as his neighbors should be crafting civil actions against this delusional, pompous loser. You reap what you sow.

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    1. Arson is a dangerous game -- absolutely no regard for innocent life or property that could be destroyed with the unpredictability of fire. That's what pisses me off most about this guy and the idea that he is getting off easy.

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  11. This isn't surprising. Most of the so-called "hate crimes" are scams. We live in a progressive, corrupt idiocracy.

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