Competency hearing for man charged with stalking FBI agent

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal judge has scheduled a mental competency hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent by posting a fake Craigslist sex ad that listed the agent’s phone number and address.

U .S. District Judge Mark Hornak set Wednesday’s hearing because he believes 47-year-old Frederick Banks has a mental problem. Banks has denied that and has fought to represent himself, according to filings by a defense attorney trying to withdraw from the case because he and Banks disagree on strategy.

Banks is accused of placing a June 25 Craigslist ad seeking sex and listing the agent’s name and Florida phone number. The agent used to work in Pittsburgh and helped send Banks to prison for five years in a 2003 case involving online sales of bogus and pirated computer software.

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