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Megan Lucas, the Hofmann Hots Hottie, Ctd.

Photo by Kevin Marple

Earlier today, I put up a post concerning Megan Lucas, the woman at the center of a lawsuit filed by Phil Romano and others against their Hofmann Hots business partner Frank Zaccanelli. The suit alleges that Lucas is Zaccanelli’s girlfriend and that he improperly funneled company funds to her. I spent some time with Lucas on the phone after she read that post. She tells a different story about the lawsuit.

First, though, about that mugshot: Lucas says she got a ticket in Highland Park for throwing a cigarette butt out a window. When she didn’t pay that ticket, she was arrested.

Now the lawsuit. In short, Lucas says it’s all bunk, that Romano et al. were trying to use Lucas to squeeze Zaccanelli out of the business. She says that she met Zacanelli while working as a server at Nick & Sam’s. She says she went through three interviews before Zaccanelli hired her as the director of social media and marketing, disciplines she studied at the Art Institute. Lucas says her relationship with Zaccanelli has always been a professional one.

“I am not Frank Zaccanelli’s mistress,” she says. “He is my mentor. Everything has been misconstrued. I was at his house last night, having a very candid conversation with his wife and his daughter and his son. He’s been happily married for 30 years, and his wife, Yvonne, is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met in my life. I’m very close to the Zaccanelli family. All of the allegations that were made against me are completely false. They were made by four renegade guys that were in the company: Phil Romano, Shannon Bane, Reginald Bailey, Jason Woods, and Dennis DuVal.”

Why would the men make accusations that they knew were false? “Because of money,” she says. “Because of greed. They filed the lawsuit thinking that Frank would back down because of those allegations.”

Lucas continues: “The whole thing is, it’s very hard to be a woman in business. These men were always very threatened by me, because I was very honest and frank. I knew that things were happening. I knew that all of this was basically being premeditated. It was a power move.”

You can read more about the lawsuit in the Post-Standard. Among other claims, the more than 20 plaintiffs (including Jim Boeheim, the Syracuse University basketball coach) say that Zaccanelli “had company officials pay $3,000 a month to lease a house in Dallas for [Lucas] and disguise the expense as a ‘facility payment.’” Lucas says that’s not true, that she paid her own rent. “I am 1099ed on that,” she says. “That is directly deducted out of my salary.”

Update (12:15) – Phil Romano won’t say much. “You gotta check all the records. It’s all down there,” he says. “Substantiated, verified, and everything else. We just have to play it out. What else is she going to say? The facts speak for themselves. That’s all.”

22 comments on “Megan Lucas, the Hofmann Hots Hottie, Ctd.

  1. i think the bigger story is whether you said anything to her about littering with her cigarette butt. You’ve documented well your hatred of litterbugs.

  2. I know Ms. Lucas, she has always been a hard worker. I know this case has gone to some all time lows. Megan would never have an affair with a married man. She always spoke of Mr. Zaccanelli as her mentor. These men have not only ruined her life but his and his poor family as well. Just goes to show you how money can make anyone do anything.

  3. ” “I am 1099ed on that,” she says. “That is directly deducted out of my salary.”

    How many people have their employer pay their rent?

    If the company paid the rent and then made a payroll deduction from her check she wouldn’t be receiving a 1099. She would only be receiving a 1099 for payments made on her behalf.

  4. Does his wife know that her rent is “1099ed”? I’m pretty sure I’d rather my husband increase the salary of his ingenue than pay something as personal as her rent.

  5. If you morons would read what she said then you wouldn’t be debating it. It’s deducted out of her salary into a separate acct. she is 1099′d on that and pays taxes on that. Her boss doesn’t pay her rent. God all of you are dumb. This poor woman has gone through enough! Everyone wants to pick on the hot young girl, but I bet she is smart. And have you seen Zaccanelli? I bet she wouldn’t touch him with a 40ft pole. Grow up people

  6. Speaking of litterbugs, timmytyper, are you still at risk of being sued or prosecuted for “Open Letter to a Litterbug”?

  7. All of you are dumb besides Mike P and Cindy downs. Her company deducts the 3k for her rent into a separate account to pay her landlord. She pays taxes on that. Hofmann hot dogs are great but I will never eat another one. I smell a juicy book deal on her end! The poor girl went to school and paid for her education by waiting tables. Who would touch Mr. Zaccanelli? He’s an asshole and a bulldog. She only did her job and shame on all of you for crucifying her because of her looks.
    As of Phil Ramono, he is a snake! He is the biggest crook ever! Maybe you should ask him what he has done to his wife, now thats a headline. Mrs. Ramono is a druggie and mentally unstable. All of these men should go to HELL!!!!!!! Ms. Lucas was a pawn in all of this, I hope she gets a good pay out!

  8. Mike P., you’re obviously not a CPA. Either you’re a W-2 or you’re a W-9. You can’t be both with the same company. I think the IRS might be VERY interested in Hoffman’s accounting practices.

  9. All you need to do is follow the money or should I say bankruptcy. Just check out Telergy a dot bomb Zaccanelli was involved in. When the doors were open and lights came on they found a private lounge, bar and showers all set up to hide a never ending run of bimbos (many alleged to be escorts) So is it any wonder this happens? Also please show me another firm the size of Hoffman’s that hires a blond from a bar, with zero track record as an director of social media & marketing pays her a exec level salary and benefit package?. Of course everyone in business knows that the Ivy legal of colleges for Blonds is to have studied at the Art Institute. Notice she did not say she had a MBA or even a degree in any of what she hired for. Makes good business sense to me. One last thing his wife stood by his side during the Telergy bimbo eruption.

  10. Let’s just solve all these problems quickly. Megan, just come live with me. P.S. Who got you out of jail?

  11. This gal is a total farce, education, intelligence, innocence all bs. She’s a rough cut tacky spolied brat from Durant Oklahoma that’s always in trouble.

  12. Speechless Mr.Zaccanelli great man I know he loves his family won’t do something this dumb

    Wish you luck hope everything gets work out