We began breaking the story of Lozilu cancels yesterday afternoon, This morning we spoke with a former staff member (Lozilu brought on all staff as independent contractors versus hiring them as employees) of the Lozilu women’s mud run. Lozilu was purchased late last year by a man who refers to himself as Brad Peters. His real name is Frederick Bradley Kellogg.
In 2012, Mr. Kellogg was sentenced to jail time and 20 years probation for a theft of nearly $300,000.00 to a Minnesota rice company. (Yes, that is rice, not race). He was also previously arrested in 2006 for passing a bad check.
Our source informed us that while working for Kellogg at Lozilu, staff members had to fight “tooth and nail” to receive any payments. This person stated several volunteer groups were not paid from previous Lozilu locations. In addition, they stated there were build crew employees who were shorted payment. ORM is currently doing research to confirm these allegations.
The source went on to say that “The only reason the first few events happened is that we (the staff members) stayed on top of him (Kellogg) to secure venues, hire crew, and pay invoices. We believed a lot of his promises. When it came to paying us, he always had excuses, and we believed them. I should have picked up on it sooner, I wanted to believe he wasn’t a scam artist. Once we figured it out, we all left because we weren’t going to be a part of a company that isn’t paying people”.
Our source went on to say “He may be the only one left at that company besides his family”.
Speaking of family, we did a business search in Minnesota, and found two names listed for the parent company, Fresh New Taste LLC. Those names are Joseph Dicker, which we be understand to be Mr. Kellogg’s attorney, and Johanna Kellogg, who our source referred to as his wife.
We reached out to Mr. Dicker for comment and are awaiting his response.