Lawsuit Accuses Billionaire Of Kidnapping Man

November 15, 2012 11:04 PM

Lawsuit Accuses Billionaire Of Kidnapping Man
" PAONIA, Colo. (CBS4)- A billionaire is accused in a lawsuit of kidnapping and holding a man against his will. A Gunnison County Sheriff’s deputy is also said to be involved.

The alleged incident happened on an unusual ranch, named the Bear Ranch, near Paonia. The ranch belongs to billionaire Bill Koch.

His famous brothers are well known for funding conservative causes.

The kidnapping claim comes from a former Koch executive who said a sheriff’s deputy played a role in the act at the unusual location.

Koch has an avid interest in the Old West and is building an entire cowboy town for himself and his family.

Many of the buildings come from the famed Colorado tourist attraction Buckskin Joe that used to be near Canon City.

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This story is more a modern day legal battle than an Old West shootout.

Kirby Martensen is a former Senior Vice President in Koch’s Oxbow Corporation.

In a lawsait, Martensen claims he was brought to Koch’s ranch in March where he was fired. Martensen said there was a deputy present to make sure he didn’t run away "

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