“Busy Chef” Kaufman Goes to Trial July 23

080708bzchefInfamous Busted Chef Daniel Kaufman pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in a Manhattan court yesterday, stemming from an incident last December when he allegedly stole his friend’s credit card.

Kaufman was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, and released on his own recognizance. His trial is set to begin July 23.

On December 19, Kaufman allegedly stole his friend’s credit card while visiting him on the Upper East Side, and then made a purchase with it at a McDonalds near Penn Station. Kaufman was captured on McDonald’s security cameras at the same time the fraudulent charge was made on the credit card. The full criminal complaint can be found here. 

Formally, Kaufmann was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Meanwhile, as BHB reported last week, a Brooklyn DA spokesman said the office is still investigating Kaufman’s alleged crimes in Brooklyn Heights last summer, where he swindled customers out of more than $25,000 by running their credit cards through the machines after they ate at the Busy Chef, Oven, Blue Pig, or Wine Bar restaurants at the corner of Henry and Cranberry streets. 

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