"Con Man" Caught After Failed Suicide Attempt

By Zach Christman
|  Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:43 PM CDT
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"Con Man" Caught After Failed Suicide Attempt

David Hernandez has been in trouble before.

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David Hernandez, the man sought by the FBI after disappearing when his Chicago sports Internet venture went bust, is in custody.

Hernandez was apprehended Monday morning in Normal, Ill., after a failed suicide attempt, the Tribune reported.  Someone called the Normal Police Department around 10:50 a.m. for a well-being check on a man staying at a local hotel.  Police found Hernandez in a hotel room with what they described as self-inflicted wounds.  He was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Hernandez disappeared after federal authorities accused him in civil court of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked more than 100 investors out of $12 million. Last week, his highly-publicized Internet radio venture with Mike North, called Chicago Sports Webio, collapsed. Payroll checks bounced. Hernandez didn't return calls. And Mike North started making noise in the media, calling Hernandez a con man.

Hernandez is accused of mail fraud.

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