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Felon Posted Phony Sex Ad Using Phone Number, Address of FBI Agent Who Arrested Him

August 13, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Felon Posted Phony Sex Ad Using Phone Number, Address of FBI Agent Who Arrested Him

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A convicted con artist from the South Side who has tangled repeatedly with the FBI and irked the federal court system with hundreds of frivolous lawsuits is in trouble again, this time on charges of stalking an FBI agent who helped put him in prison for fraud a decade ago.

Frederick H. Banks, 47, was indicted under seal earlier this month on one count of interstate stalking after the FBI said he placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a sexual encounter and then listed the name and phone number of the agent in Florida.

The case was unsealed this week and a federal magistrate ordered Banks detained until trial as a danger because of his recent history of threats and lawsuits against the agent and his family and “potentially with whom the defendant has legal disputes.”

Federal prosecutors said Banks has harassed the agent by phone and on the Craigslist posting, in which he indicated he and his “wife” were looking for sexual trysts and included the agent’s number for return calls from those interested in the Tampa area. The agent lives in Florida now but formerly worked in Pittsburgh when Banks was prosecuted here.

The case is just the latest legal odyssey for Banks in the federal courts.

A decade ago, he was convicted of selling counterfeit Microsoft software on the Internet in one case and then convicted again in a second case of trying to buy coins, software and other items online by lying about who he was and paying with bad checks.

He went to federal prison for both cases.

Then, after his release in 2013, he was found to have violated his probation by committing aggravated identity theft in a scheme to open accounts on a foreign exchange trading website and was sent back to prison.

Beyond his criminal endeavors, he has also been labeled a “frequent filer” of lawsuits in U.S. District Courts across the land, often insisting in handwritten complaints that the CIA is controlling his thoughts with bioelectric sensors and “voice to skull” technology.

Last year he was in the news briefly after he filed a fake motion in Manhattan federal court to dismiss charges against Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff.

Over the years, Banks has sued numerous federal agencies and other entities, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A report prepared by a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh in 2013 found that he had filed 304 meritless suits and civil actions between 2004 and 2013, sometimes using his own name or that of “Vampire Nation,” his band, or “Fredrik Von Hamilton,” which he sometimes uses as an alias and stage name.

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