DETROIT (WXYZ) - On the same day he was arraigned--for the second time--on bid-rigging charges, city contractor Bobby Ferguson learned that the feds are contesting his request for bond.
Ferguson currently sits in federal prison while awaiting sentencing on a racketeering conviction from earlier this month. Today, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf as he was brought up on bid-rigging charges. The feds say that a $12 million city contract was steered to Ferguson thanks to a scheme devised by him and two of his co-defendants.
Also today, the feds reaffirmed their request that Ferguson be denied bond. They cited a 1999 driver's license he obtained under the name "Antonio Cortez-Julian Talley." The feds say it's unclear why Ferguson obtained the driver's license, but said it was certainly not for a lawful purpose.
Ferguson's longtime attorney Gerald Evelyn learned today that his request to be taken off of Ferguson's bid-rigging trial was granted. On Friday, Evelyn said he and Ferguson are still friends and he will still represent him in matters related to his racketeering case.
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