Customers angry after personal chef fails to honor LivingSocial deal

Chapman never showed up. The same thing happened to Laura Pullen and her friends.


Would you allow a stranger who had been arrested for indecent liberties with a child to work in your home? 

Almost 60 people in Indianapolis did, and they found him through a LivingSocial deal. They also discovered he ripped some of them off.
“I gave him $100 and the night of the event came and, no Kevin Chapman,” said Marc Allan, who bought the deal through the website LivingSocial.

Chapman is a man who calls himself a "personal chef." He was supposed to cook at a party for Allan and his friends.  Allan gave Chapman $100 for groceries, on top of the $60 he already paid to LivingSocial for the deal.

Chapman never showed up. The same thing happened to Laura Pullen and her friends.

“Some of them were like ‘Oh my gosh, something terrible must have happened to him.  He must have gotten into a car accident or something terrible happened’ and I’m just thinking to myself, this guy just ripped off some of the nicest people ever,” said Pullen.

Their calls and emails were ignored, Pullen said.  However, Chapman answered calls from Fox59 and agreed to meet with us, to explain what happened. Then, on the day we were supposed to meet, he stood us up too.

“I think it just stinks that somebody makes their life stealing $150 at a time stealing from honest people,” said Pullen.

Turns out it was worse than that. Chapman of 'Chaps Personal Chef Service' has a record that dates back to 2006 in Gloucester County, Virginia where he was charged in a sex sting.

Officers in Gloucester County said he solicited sex with someone on the internet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.   He was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. At the time, he was working as a Navy police officer.

Fox59 finally tracked him down at a restaurant where he works in Indianapolis.  We asked him why his Twitter account showed that he checked in on “Foursquare” at a pizza place on December 15, when he was supposed to be cooking for Pullen’s friends.

“If missed it, I don't recall that,” said Chapman. “I don't have it on my calendar. I don't have it written down.”

However, he did remember to collect Pullen’s friend’s check two days prior to the party.  

Fox59 asked him why he did not respond to emails.

“I have looked at my outlook,” said Chapman. “Unfortunately though, I have issues with people from my past.”

He told Fox59 he thinks someone else got into his email account and that he does not have the emails.

It was not just emails that Chapman did not respond to.  Phone records show Pullen’s friend who hosted the event called Chapman several times that night.  Each time, he either did not answer the call or answered and hung up, Pullen said.

Chapman insists his business is not a scam and said he has several legitimate clients.





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Baltimore Sun newspaper on Dec. 29, 2013.
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