Former Exec Sues Koch Brother for Imprisonment
A VP at Bill Koch's Oxbow Corp. says he suspected the company was dodging taxes
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2012 7:38 AM CDT
Bill Koch.   (PRNewsFoto/Palm Beach High School Foundation, Kim Sargent)

(Newser) – Lefties everywhere like to accuse the Koch brothers of everything from buying elections to plotting world domination, but a report by Courthouse News picked up by Huffington Post outlines a truly bizarre accusation involving lesser-known Koch brother, Bill. Seems Bill Koch—the twin of David Koch and younger brother of Charles Koch who left the family business after a lengthy legal battle—stands accused of imprisoning an exec at his own Oxbow Corporation. Kirby Martensen has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Bill Koch lured him to his remote Aspen ranch, interrogated him at length, and held him against his will.

Martensen says an anonymous letter accusing him of defrauding Oxbow prompted the company to review his email, which revealed his skepticism at what the HuffPo calls the company's "tax avoidance strategies." He describes the ordeal at Koch's ranch in length, then says he was fired and forced to fly to San Francisco aboard a private plane with a man he believed was armed (perhaps not coincidentally, he's suing in not-very-Koch-friendly San Fran). A Koch rep confirms they investigated and fired Martensen, and says Oxbow is "pursuing appropriate action." Bill Koch, perhaps best known for bankrolling the boat that won the 1992 America's Cup, is the only defendant in Martensen's lawsuit.

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$28919642
Oct 15, 2012 12:45 PM CDT
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” ~~ a certain British Doctor. He might have had these folks in mind.
loyalamerican
Oct 14, 2012 1:30 PM CDT
The Koch bros. are a blight on our country. Their companys are among the biggest polluters and they fund think tanks for reducing taxes and re-segregating schools. They contribute to colleges, but only if THEY get to pick the professors. They are the biggest contributers to the Willard/lyan Ryan fund. Don't believe me? Google them! They are filth personafied.
Mad
Oct 14, 2012 11:43 AM CDT
Ah. The Oxbow incident. At least they only kidnapped him vs hanging.