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The longtime business partner to the country legend’s widow will be spending years in jail after defrauding a local Nashville financial institution.
Two years after George Jones‘ passing in 2013, his widow, Nancy Jones and her business partner Kirk West (a.k.a. Kirk Leipzig) opened the massive 50,000 sq. ft. ‘George Jones Museum’ in the heart of Nashville.
The quest to get the museum opened was a lengthy one and certain laws in the state of Tennessee had to be reworked with new legislation in order for the museum to become a reality.
As Nashville Scene reports, in July 2016, federal charges were filed against Kirk West for defrauding Reliant Bank in order to obtain two separate loans in 2008 and 2010.
On September 19th, 2016, West plead guilty to the charges of federal bank fraud and was sentenced to two years prison time and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution.
According to the case, West used forged documents to inflate his income and net worth – documents that included tax returns, W2s, and pay stubs. He used this inflated income to secure real estate loans on properties in two upscale parts of Nashville. He will be repaying $935,045.04 before his upcoming December 20th hearing.
Additionally, West is currently involved in a legal collection proceeding from Mercedes-Benz totaling $33,830.53.
No official statement has been released by the museum or Nancy Jones as of this writing.
Watch the video below that gives you a full tour of the museum by none other than Nancy Jones herself.
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