Monday, February 11, 2008

The End Of The Todd Kelly Story

Posted here, because of his tenuous connection to Northeast Ohio radio...

Former WDJX/Louisville KY personality and promotions guy Todd Kelly (Todd Smith) has been sentenced for defrauding listeners and donators by faking ALS, otherwise known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease".

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Smith has been sentenced to 15 years on state charges, which will be reduced to 5 years if he pays back some 74 thousand dollars in restitution, with interest. He'd already been sentenced to 84 months in prison on federal fraud charges.

Quoting the C-J article by staff writer Jason Riley:

"I deceived the good people of this Louisville community," said Smith during his sentencing in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Reading from a prepared statement, Smith, said he was "truly sorry" and asked to be given a chance to "right the wrong I did," promising to repay the money he took. "Hopefully the Louisville community will one day give me a second chance so I can start to make things right," he said.

OMW actually became involved in this, along with other radio trade media sources, when D.A. Peterson top 40 WZKL/92.5 "Q92" in the Canton market announced they'd hired Kelly/Smith as a promotions director - apparently unaware that he was heading for a lengthy term behind bars.

As such, he'd probably only be eligible for a job on a prison radio station...

2 comments:

yekimi said...

Is this the big announcement? I8 it is......ehhhh, not so big after all.

yekimi said...

Is this the big announcement? If it is......ehhhh, not so big after all.