Bobby Ferguson heads to court in September for retrial on federal bid-rigging charges

By Halston Herrera, Senior News Editor for ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnHalston, hherrera@wdiv.com
Published On: Jul 05 2013 11:05:01 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2013 11:17:03 AM EDT
DETROIT -

Bobby Ferguson will return to court in September to be retried on federal bid-rigging charges.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson set the date of Sept. 10 for the former Detroit contractor.

Read: Court order for Bobby Ferguson re-trial July 5, 2013

Lawson also set Aug. 21 as the date for a final pre-trial date and Aug. 21 as the deadline for any plea agreements.

Earlier this week, Ferguson was assigned a court-appointed attorney -- Mike Rataj.

Read: Ferguson convinces judge he can't afford attorney

Read: Ferguson won't give judge personal financial information

Ferguson's first trial on the charges -- which include conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice -- ended with a mistrial last year.

He's accused of obtaining millions of dollars in public works contracts through false statements and bid collusion.

He's also accused of making false statements in a proposal as part of the Garden View Estates project, a public housing development in Detroit.

In a separate trial earlier this year, Ferguson was found guilty in March of racketeering and corruption charges in a trial he faced alongside with Kwame Kilpatrick.

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