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Money manager charged in ill-fated flight

January 15, 2009


— A daredevil money manager whose run from ruin was halted when investigators interrupted his suicide attempt at a Florida campground found his legal problems compounded Wednesday as authorities filed federal charges against him in the three-day ordeal.

U.S. Marshals tracked Marcus Schrenker, 38, to a north Florida campground late Tuesday night, peeling back the flap to his one-man tent to discover him in clouded consciousness with blood-soaked arms, muttering the word “die.” The capture ended a multi-state scramble to find him after he allegedly staged a plane crash and parachuted out over Alabama, then fled.

Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Northern District of Florida, said Schrenker was charged with intentionally wrecking his aircraft and faking a distress call, causing the Coast Guard to launch a search to save his life when it wasn’t necessary. Schrenker was resting in a heavily guarded hospital room Wednesday but was expected to appear first in a Florida court before returning to his home state of Indiana, Wilson said.


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