TAMPA (Source: Herald Tribune By Michael Braga) – Rich Bobka, allegedly a key member of one of Florida’s largest mortgage fraud rings, was arrested in Manatee County and transported Thursday to Tampa, where he made his initial appearance before a federal judge.But Bobka, who had been a fugitive until his arrest Wednesday afternoon, was so frazzled that his defense attorney succeeded in getting the judge to delay his arraignment until next week.

Looking exhausted and breathing heavily through his nose, the 42-year-old Bobka met briefly with a public defender before the hearing began. The defender later asked Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo to postpone the arraignment until Bobka got some rest and was thinking more clearly.

Source: Herald Tribune By Michael Braga

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.

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