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.
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.
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.”