Roger Boggs transported for federal hearing, defense attorney cancels

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Roger Boggs, the failed CEO of Revolution Aluminum, who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion plant to Pineville back in 2015, was supposed to be in federal court on Wednesday, but it got canceled at the last minute when his attorney couldn't make it.

Roger Boggs was taken back to a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office unit as he left federal court in Alexandria after his attorney canceled on Wednesday. | Photo Source: KALB

Boggs is accused of bank fraud and making false statements on loan applications to take nearly $200,000 from Red River Bank from May 2015 to March 2016. According to the federal indictment, Boggs allegedly submitted false stock certificates, signed a fraudulent mortgage, and claimed he owned 26,000,000 shares in his company.

Back in February, Boggs skipped out on a court appearance in the 9th Judicial District Court in Rapides Parish and was later tracked down in Alabama by the U.S. Marshals with a drastically different appearance. His attorney at the time, Alan Pesnell of Shreveport, withdrew from the case because he couldn't reach his client.

Boggs was supposed to be in court at 1:30 p.m. for a detention hearing to see if he would stay in custody since he has a penchant for skipping court appearances and changing his own personal appearance. News Channel 5 learned that the court learned shortly before noon that his new attorney, Darrell Hickman, couldn't be in court. Boggs had already been transported from Natchitoches, where he was being held, and taken to Alexandria.

We reached out to Hickman about why he canceled. He told us over the phone that he was "not available today for personal reasons."

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