I’ve spent way too much time today trying to sort of the facts on Big Poppa’s (Lee Najjar’s) arrest last Tuesday. So much is going on. The background part is that Big Poppa ain’t such a Big Poppa these days. He has allegedly had several properties foreclosed on. It appears that his arrest in Fulton county on Tuesday was related to an outstanding issue in Gwinnett county based on the inmate report. That’s his mugshot on the left.
From there, things get a bit murky. This is what TMZ is reporting as the latest update, ” 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. Najjar has already been hit with a $75,000 fine for violating the ordinance and was supposed to appear in court on July 5 but apparently, he blew off his court date.” It’s interesting that he was arrested on Tuesday, which was election day. I’m wondering if he was picked up at his polling place. Probably not but it’s an interesting theory. I’m curious as how the Fulton police came to arrest him for the outstanding warrant in Gwinnett. But not curious enough to waste any more time on it.
Update: He’s what the AJC had to say about the arrest.
By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta real estate investor Lee Najjar spent a night in the Fulton County jail after an arrest for allegedly skipping a court date concerning a storm drain, according to police.
A bench warrant was issued for Najjar, 55, after he failed to appear in Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court in July, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. Najjar, known as Kim Zolciak’s former “Big Poppa” on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” was ordered in May to pay $75,000 for violating the county’s soil erosion and sediment control ordinance in January, according to a citation obtained by the AJC .
Najjar, who lives in Buckhead, is accused of “failure to maintain storm water system” on property at the intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and U.S. 29, the citation states. He was arrested Tuesday and transported to the Gwinnett County jail before being released Wednesday afternoon, jail records show.
Najjar has struggled financially in recent years, including in early 2011 when he lost Union Station Mall in south Fulton County to foreclosure.