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Irby Files Bankruptcy After Accepting Whitfield Employment

Former Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) President Marty Irby filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on December 13, 2013, less than two weeks after accepting a paid position on Congressman Ed Whitfield’s staff.  Irby accepted a position of “Congressional Aide” for Whitfield on December 2, 2013.  Congressman Whitfield's staff confirmed Irby's employment and annual pay of $40,000.

On the bankruptcy filing dated December 13, 2013, Irby claimed to have $0 income and that his income situation in the next year would be affected only by his bankruptcy.  However both Irby and the office of Congressman Whitifield confirmed Irby came to work for the Congressman on December 2, 2013.  

Also on the filing, Irby states the he doesn't own any animals.  It is a requirement for TWHBEA board of directors to own a Tennessee Walking Horse.  Irby is currently a TWHBEA director.

The penalty for making a false statement or concealing property is a fine of up to $500,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years or both.

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