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Lee Najjar (Kim Zolciak’s ‘Big Poppa’) arrested for failure to appear in court

Lee Najjar's mug shot from Fulton County Nov. 6

Lee Najjar's mug shot from Fulton County Nov. 6

Real estate investor Lee Najjar, who is best known as Kim Zolciak’s sugar daddy in the early years of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,”  was arrested Nov. 6 and forced to submit to mugshots in Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

Straight from the A was the first to post information about the mugshots.

TMZ says Najjar had a bench warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court to face allegations he failed to maintain a storm water system at one of his properties and has already been fined $75,000.

In a brief phone interview Thursday afternoon, Najjar confirmed that TMZ’s information is indeed accurate, but he had the storm drain issue resolved. His lawyer simply didn’t appear that day in court to inform the judge that this was the case. “It was all stupid and silly,” he said. “It’s been taken care of.”

Najjar, nicknamed “Big Poppa” on the Bravo show starting in 2008, is supposedly long gone from Kim Zolciak’s life now that she’s happily married to Atlanta Falcon Kroy Biermann.

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Lee Najjar also was taken into Gwinnett County for a mugshot the same day.

Najjar – whose 40,000-square-foot mansion on West Paces Ferry featured on MTV’s ‘Cribs” in 2009 has been on the market for three years and is listed at $19.9 million - has had a rough time since the real estate market tanked.

Here’s a story recently written by my colleague Greg Bluestein:

Atlanta real estate investor Lee Najjar faces more financial troubles.

Community & Southern Bank filed a lawsuit this month contending he defaulted on a loan of more than $3.8 million on property he owns in Gwinnett County.

It’s the latest legal complaint lodged against Najjar, whose real estate empire has slowly evaporated amid the economic downturn.

Najjar, whose lavish lifestyle earned him celebrity friends and a spot on reality TV shows, lost Union Station Mall in south Fulton County to foreclosure in early 2011 as well as about a half-dozen shopping centers.

Court records and other public documents show he’s defaulted on more than $48 million in bank loans over the last three years. Najjar could not be reached for comment, and attorneys for Community & Southern Bank did not return several calls.

In the complaint, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, the bank said Najjar’s company took out the $3.8 million loan from The Peoples Bank in March 2007 using Gwinnett County property as collateral.

The loan was later transferred to C&S, and the bank said it was forced to foreclose on the land and sue Najjar when he defaulted on his payments. It said he has been “stubbornly litigious and caused C&S unnecessary legal trouble and expense.”

If you want more gory details, we wrote a big piece on him in 2011, too.

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37 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2012
2:49 pm

Soooo, what happens to his party house on West Paces Ferry, across the Gov’s mansion?

Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2012
3:06 pm

From what I can tell, Mercedes: he still owns it. He priced it as high as $25 million in 2009. No takers.

Smarty

November 8th, 2012
3:28 pm

He knows how to work the system. Before too long watch him leave the country for a while. TRUST me he has dual citizenship.

ATLP

November 8th, 2012
3:46 pm

He’s handsome….

T

November 8th, 2012
4:22 pm

Rodney – that house is currently on the market and I think it’s been foreclosed on.

http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-948-4285053/buckhead-buckhead-atlanta-ga-30305

Denyse

November 8th, 2012
4:26 pm

Soooo THAT’S “Big Poppa?”

Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2012
4:29 pm

@T From what I’m told, he still owns the property. It’s still listed at $19.9 million.

Denise

November 8th, 2012
4:40 pm

Does anyone have change for a dollar???

SAWB

November 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

This gentleman strikes me as exactly what is wrong with America right now. He lives a very lavish lifestyle while owing much more money than he’ll ever be able to repay. He’ll work the system eventually filing bankruptcy and then just do it all over again. The lack of personal responsibility shown by many people is destroying the traditional ethic of this society.

Oh well at least we can laugh at the fact that his Waffle House Show Girl is now married to a Dufus Football Jock.

outspoken1

November 8th, 2012
5:26 pm

wonder where the “big” came from?….just wondering….lol

Jessie

November 8th, 2012
9:52 pm

Very easy on the eyes….I’ll date him and he can be my sugar daddy.

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2012
10:02 pm

Thanks, T – I checked the photos on your link. There’s not a picture of the front of the house… probably because its such a sorry sight. Big Poppa decided to put marble on his driveway which was so heavy it killed the roots of the 70 feet trees in the front yard.
Dead limbs now fall down from ghosty-looking trees.

missnadine

November 9th, 2012
1:22 am

Wow! That house is huge. I actually would be afraid to be in such a large place! Must need a lot of help keeping it clean.

blowdry

November 9th, 2012
4:44 am

oh my… he’s attractive. I can see why he had Kim strung out. Kim should have kept him.

Seriously!?!

November 9th, 2012
5:35 am

He looks like a pimp. I can’t believe people think he’s hot! He has porn star hair! GROSS!!!! Perfect for Kim, though!

Rod

November 9th, 2012
7:49 am

SAWB – Kroy Biermann has done more with his life than you ever will. Jealous much?

Larry

November 9th, 2012
7:51 am

I made them an offer for $3 million. We’ll see…..

Dream

November 9th, 2012
7:57 am

So Sexy and So Married> He will get back on top just watch. I am sure his bottom of the barrel is not so bad either. Better than mine. I am not going to hate.

sharon

November 9th, 2012
7:57 am

Wow! I agree with “Seriously” Lol

Clay

November 9th, 2012
8:13 am

I don’t have a problem with large homes and lots of square footage — but 7 full kitchens? Come on.

HECANGETIT!

November 9th, 2012
8:23 am

I LOVE IT WHEN THEY CALL ME BIG POPPA!

Agent 009

November 9th, 2012
8:45 am

Hoes love to dig…

HUH

November 9th, 2012
8:48 am

THANKS TO BIG POPPA KIM, KROY AND HER GANG OF KIDS HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STAY SINCE SHE HAD TO MOVE BACK TO HER TOWNHOUSE AND IF YOU NOTICE THEY ARE RIDING AROUND IN THE ESCALADE THAT HER BOUGHT HER A FEW YEARS AGO…BIG POPPA THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING. GO HEAD LEE WITH YOUR BAD SELF!!!!

DREAM

November 9th, 2012
8:54 am

OK ROD YOU SAY KROY HAS DONE MORE WITH HIS LIFE THAN BIG POPPA (LET’S SEE)???
1.MARRYING A HOE THAT BIG POPPA WON’T
2. LIVING IN ANOTHER MAN’S TOWNHOUSE
3. GETTING SLOPPY SECONDS IN THE BED ANOTHER MAN BOUGHT
4.DRIVING HIS SONS AROUND IN ANOTHER MAN’S CAR
…. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE RIGHT KROY HAS DONE MORE WITH HIS LIFE THAN BIG POPPA…LOL

Sluggo

November 9th, 2012
8:54 am

He reminds me of a wombat. That rubbery face with silver hair is just gross. Looks like a wanna-be mobster. Lucky for him Zolciak found the jock. Sadly enough, Biermann appears to be a moral stand up guy. It’s a shame he got wrapped up with that train wreck of a person.

Katrina

November 9th, 2012
8:59 am

He has hit economically bad times, that does not mean he can’t recover. You spend money to make money. There are lot of big named companies going through bankruptsy because the economy is not doing well. American Airlines, GM, etc. Real estate has been hit the hardest and it affects so many people.

Child please

November 9th, 2012
9:03 am

Sluggo if Kroy was a moral stand up guy he would have never been attached to Kim in a million year (his compass is off)…he must be attached by shiny things (fools gold)

I love Fran Davenport

November 9th, 2012
9:06 am

He is butt ugly.

TG

November 9th, 2012
9:45 am

I feel bad for his wife. She married an attractive guy who was rich or on his way to becoming rich and he turned out to be a dirty dog who spent likely millions of money that should have gone to their household and bills, on a gold-digging, trailer park skeeza who took him for a ride, then dumped him when the money started getting funny. Now wifey has a broke joke for a hubby. Shame

Nicole

November 9th, 2012
9:55 am

I always wondered who owned that enormous house. Everytime I drive by, I look at those beautiful 100 year old trees he killed, for a tacky marble driveway????? Some people just get what they deserved.

LittlePeach

November 9th, 2012
10:10 am

I’ll offer him $80,000 cash money…ha!

FreeMarkArum

November 9th, 2012
10:18 am

Did some of you nutbags say this guy is attractive?!? He looks like a monchichi!

Check this out

November 9th, 2012
10:54 am

He probably goes down very well since he’s older ya know. Looks like a producer for WPC. His Balck Planet page is 6Digitballin

Catgut

November 9th, 2012
11:27 am

He looks like the guy who cuts my lawn.

The Truth

November 9th, 2012
11:35 am

Have you people seen those Home Security commercials…the guy breaking in is always..always a white guy….come on!

Hugh Jassperson

November 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

Big stakes, big breaks……soon enough you run out of both.

Meldee

November 9th, 2012
3:28 pm

Kroy is stupid, too. Two babies in one year…Gold diggers ain’t stupid and Kim knew exactly what she’s doing. It’s a career for her. Let Kroy try to leave her – - – he’ll be broke before he’s 35.