Gunnison Co. Deputy Suspended After Off-Duty Job At Koch Ranch

December 13, 2012 10:29 PM

Gunnison Co. Deputy Suspended After Off-Duty Job At Koch Ranch
" PAONIA, Colo. (CBS4) – A Gunnison County Sheriff’s deputy will be suspended and has to teach an ethics class for not asking the sheriff if he could take an off duty job at a billionaire’s ranch.

That billionaire, Bill Koch, is accused in a lawsuit of kidnapping and holding a man against his will.

The alleged incident happened on an unusual ranch named the Bear Ranch near Paonia. The ranch belongs to billionaire Koch, whose famous brothers are well known for funding conservative causes.

The kidnapping claim was made by Kirby Martensen, a former executive in Koch’s Oxbow Corporation.

In a lawsuit, he claims he was brought to Koch’s ranch in March where he was fired from his position of senior vice president. Martensen said there was a deputy present to make sure he didn’t run away.

Deputy Clarence “Bill” Hart was hired to work off duty in case there was trouble but he never told Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Besecker about the gig.

Besecker says he asked the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to investigate the claim that one of his uniformed deputies and his patrol car were involved in the alleged kidnapping "

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