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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:09 AM

William Koch, Billionaire Koch Brother, Accused Of Imprisoning Executive

Source: Huffington Post

William Koch, Billionaire Koch Brother, Accused Of Imprisoning Executive
Posted: 10/13/2012 9:39 am EDT


Billionaire William Koch is facing a lawsuit in federal court from a former top-level employee who claims the energy mogul lured him to a secluded property, where he was imprisoned and interrogated for a period of time, according to a report in Courthouse News.


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Martensen alleges that the multiple-day-long incident was set off by an anonymous letter accusing Martensen of mismanaging and stealing from Oxbow Carbon & Minerals International while serving as the company's vice president. That accusation prompted the company's leadership to read Martensen's letters and emails without his knowledge, the suit charges, which led the company to discover that Martensen had deep reservations about the legality of the company's tax avoidance strategies.

Martensen alleges he was told by his superiors that he was transferred overseas to Asia so that the Koch company could avoid paying U.S. taxes on some $200,000,000 in profits.

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Martensen had a flight booked from Aspen, but was not permitted to travel to the airport, he claims, as a local sheriff worked with Koch's employees to "make sure you don't wander off," according to the complaint. He says he was subjected to a several-hour interrogation, fired, held against his will on the property, then forced to fly in a private plane to San Francisco, accompanied by a man he believed to be armed.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/13/william-koch-kirby-martensen_n_1962400.html

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Reply William Koch, Billionaire Koch Brother, Accused Of Imprisoning Executive (Original post)
kpete Oct 2012 OP
SDjack Oct 2012 #1
tabasco Oct 2012 #2
yurbud Oct 2012 #24
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #27
newspeak Oct 2012 #49
yurbud Oct 2012 #52
JackN415 Oct 2012 #3
socialist_n_TN Oct 2012 #11
classykaren Oct 2012 #38
silvershadow Oct 2012 #4
Liberalynn Oct 2012 #7
TheDebbieDee Oct 2012 #18
Angry Dragon Oct 2012 #5
WCGreen Oct 2012 #51
Diclotican Oct 2012 #6
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #28
Jack Rabbit Oct 2012 #34
freshwest Oct 2012 #41
Diclotican Oct 2012 #42
glinda Oct 2012 #8
underthematrix Oct 2012 #9
sunyasi Oct 2012 #10
LynneSin Oct 2012 #12
lilithsrevenge12 Oct 2012 #13
classykaren Oct 2012 #39
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #14
Tom Ripley Oct 2012 #15
maindawg Oct 2012 #16
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #17
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #19
Horse with no Name Oct 2012 #20
LineLineReply ?
heaven05 Oct 2012 #32
patrice Oct 2012 #21
jhawker Oct 2012 #22
DonRedwood Oct 2012 #23
jhawker Oct 2012 #26
Ruby the Liberal Oct 2012 #30
MuseRider Oct 2012 #31
patrice Oct 2012 #35
Confusious Oct 2012 #33
patrice Oct 2012 #25
randr Oct 2012 #29
bobthedrummer Oct 2012 #36
toby jo Oct 2012 #37
Trillo Oct 2012 #40
unapatriciated Oct 2012 #46
lovuian Oct 2012 #43
PA Democrat Oct 2012 #44
Patiod Oct 2012 #48
lonestarnot Oct 2012 #55
QuietLight Oct 2012 #45
bardahl Oct 2012 #47
newspeak Oct 2012 #50
Overseas Oct 2012 #53
Tx4obama Oct 2012 #54

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:11 AM

1. Mr. Scott: Please don't fly in any small airplanes. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:13 AM

2. Kidnapping is a crime for us little people

Maybe not for billionaires.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:23 PM

24. if you're a billionaire, you can eat live babies on live TV and not get a slap on the wrist

and most of the media would talk about how the little bastard babies were asking for it.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #24)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:30 PM

27. That's incredibly

cynical and incredibly astute.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #24)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:01 PM

49. anyone remember a dupont and murder?

i believe the victim was an olympic wrestler?

just who are our government law officers working for? the plutocrats must be paying them more than we do and the constitution and bill of rights is just a piece of paper-a document that is superseded by any and all who are rich enough.

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Response to newspeak (Reply #49)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:24 PM

52. If there was just one kind of law, those who crashed Wall St would be treated like terrorists

since the caused far more damage to us and the world than any ten Osama bin Laden's could do in their wildest wet dream.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:14 AM

3. is it just me? but the Koch brothers remind me of...

 

the Duke brothers in Trading Places (1983)

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Response to JackN415 (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:59 AM

11. Well they were DEFINITELY the model for the Motch Bros..........

in that Will Ferrell movie out this Summer. And the title escapes me at this point (was it called "The Campaign"?). They actually threatened legal action because of it.

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Response to JackN415 (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:19 PM

38. You are right Jack

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:15 AM

4. I have no idea if any of this is true, but it sure would be nice if the story has legs...

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:34 AM

7. Agreed

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:34 AM

18. I'm tempted to believe this really happened simply because it sounds TOO crazy to be true!

People who do things like this BANK on the story sounding SO absurd that the victim will sound unhinged and no one will believe him/her!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:18 AM

5. The Cult of Kock Brothers

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:22 PM

51. The Cult of Cock...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:32 AM

6. kpete

kpete

You doesn't get rich by playing nice. You get rich by bending all the rules in the book - and then some.. You know you are over the law anyway - rules and laws is for the "little people", not for the "upper-rich class".. Have never been, will never be it...

The names is changed over the last thousand years - but the system is more or less the same..

Hopefully mr Martensen will go forward with this - and maybe let some light into how they got so rich... The Kock brothers that is...

Diclotican

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:33 PM

28. Tragically true.

I read that among their other crimes they have been stealing oil from the owners of single wells on Indian Reservations by paying them for less than the amount of oil actually pumped. I think the one thing that can be safely said about all billionaires is that they are sick with greed.

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:11 PM

34. We know how the Koch brothers got rich

They inherited their Dad's money.

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:30 PM

41. +1,000. Good to see you, Diclotican.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #41)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:46 PM

42. freshwest

freshwest

Im still here

Diclotican

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:53 AM

8. If Romney wins this will never see the light of day.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:53 AM

9. Just imagine. If you had to deal

with all these batshit crazy traitors and run the country. There is only one reason anyone would vote for mittnocchio and lyinryan and it ain't their mercurial policies.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:59 AM

10. Fargin Bustards

We need to keep referring to this as the Oxbow Incident!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:14 AM

12. This needs to go DU Front page

We need to show people what kind of sick pups these Koch brothers are!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:20 AM

13. I'm not sure how to respond to this...

I keep going back and forth between laughing and scratching my head. This could be an Onion story.

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Response to lilithsrevenge12 (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:21 PM

39. No it is on Huffington

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:22 AM

14. Send the Fuckers to Jail!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:27 AM

15. All of the Koch brothers are scum. Frederick R. Koch bestowed New York Arts Council money to...

young men he favored.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:30 AM

16. that is called kidnaping

why isnt the FBI involved?
They need to protect this witness. The Kochs are very dangerous criminals.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:32 AM

17. The Koch Brothers: A sovereign State of mind.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:47 AM

19. will the Romney Campaign be Returning the Koch donations?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:50 AM

20. Wow.

I believe every word of this.

I also believe that it will never be prosecuted.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #20)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:04 PM

32. ?

they, the kock brothers, are a different class. Nothing will ever happen to them except a natural death of old fucking age. They are american aristocracy supporting mittytwit and queen anne, the titular rulers of the american aristocracy. Classless society my foot!!!!! democracy? yeah, very small d. Moneyocracy? very large M. We have been trying to regain our democracy that was stolen, every since the obvious presidential shenanigans of 2000- 2004. Looks like some more shenanigans in the making here in 2012! And if it is stolen, won't be a damn thing done about it. sheeple will go about their fearful days looking over their shoulders for the storm troopers.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:18 PM

21. K&R

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Response to jhawker (Reply #22)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:21 PM

23. How come you only have two posts and they are both links to a KOCH PR piece?

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #23)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:29 PM

26. OH please

I'm not a shill. I just want to get this word out. The Kochs *never* give out interviews. I used to live in Wichita and I can only remember one interview they gave with the Wichita Eagle, about 12 years ago or so. I have no idea what this interview will say. Even if it's a PR piece, it's going to be worth reading, either way. And do not ever, ever consider me a shill. I may be newly registered just so I could post this but I'm a long-time reader.

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Response to jhawker (Reply #26)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:43 PM

30. I see you can't answer this now

but what on earth makes you think anyone here would be waiting with baited breath to hear what either of those two immoral assclowns has to say?

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #30)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:56 PM

31. Those of us who live in Kansas

will be interested. You think their influence is bad nationally? Try living here.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #31)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:44 PM

35. +++++++++++++++++++1

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #30)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:10 PM

33. Some of might find it interesting

To see what propaganda they're putting out.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:26 PM

25. KOCH Tax Dodging???? I wonder if this has anything to do with why Mitt won't show his tax returns.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:36 PM

29. Living near the Koch compound

is not a pleasant experience for locals of all political persuasions. He intimidates people with his public land grabs and parading around in his personal military tank. Look up "paonia cherry day parade" for an eye opener.
People working for and supportive of him are locally referred to as "Koch Roaches"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:46 PM

36. K&R

Madison-based The Center for Media and Democracy has extensive documentation and archives about many RW criminals. Check them out below.
SourceWatch
http://www.sourcewatch.org

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 01:53 PM

37. koch roaches - thanks for that - gotta finish that deck today :-)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:25 PM

40. Why is this a civil lawsuit?

'a local sheriff worked with Koch's employees to "make sure you don't wander off"'


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Response to Trillo (Reply #40)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:22 PM

46. sometimes you can expose more with a civil suit,

especially when local authorities do not have enough evidence to go forward.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:54 PM

43. 200,000,000 would be a nice donation to the Debt of America

good luck Martensen

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:55 PM

44. This scumbag sued his own mother (and 2 brothers)

forcing his 82 year-old mother to take the witness stand shortly after she suffered a stroke. The Kochs are filth.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/05/garden/shopping-with-william-i-koch-everything-is-hardly-enough.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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Response to PA Democrat (Reply #44)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:33 AM

48. he has a bust of Caligula outside his bedroom?

Not a bit surprised.

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Response to Patiod (Reply #48)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 09:38 AM

55. How appropriate!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:18 PM

45. These rich SOBs should be cut down to size.

If anyone else was even accused of this they would have been arrested immediately. Obama should send the Justice Dept. to investigate this or this guy will get away with anything. I'm tired of always seeing rich people get off easy. We need an attorney general like Bobby Kennedy. At least he had some guts.

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Response to QuietLight (Reply #45)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 06:34 PM

47. Legitimate kidnappings

 

I've read that Obama's AG Eric Folder is too overworked chasing down medical pot smokers in California to deal with low priority stuff like legitimate kidnappings.

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Response to bardahl (Reply #47)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:17 PM

50. and how does this apply to the thread?

If you're going to rant about it, at least include ashcroft's DOJ arresting chong for, I believe, one of his employees selling drug paraphernalia, not even drugs. I'm for the legalization of MJ, especially industrialized hemp. but, it's not going to happen when the oil industry, big pharma, and others have a vested interest in their other products. hemp would be a boon to farmers, especially in the south. cloth, paper, oil and even flour are things made from hemp. It once was called "the poor man's plant." but the corporations and the plutocracy don't like it, if they did it would be legal tomorrow. anyway, the "war on drugs", using our money, is making big money (our dime) for certain people. take away the black market, down goes prison count, violence and increase revenue by taxing it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:58 PM

53. Googled it and will Google again. Keep the story hot.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:05 AM

54. Kick! n/t

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