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Court upholds conviction of former debt collector

The weapons conviction of a former debt collector from the Buffalo area whose nickname was “Bags of Money” was upheld this week by the state’s highest court.

Tobias W. Boyland, who was a fugitive for about four months last year, was convicted on weapons charges after police found an AK-47 assault weapon and six handguns in his Harvard Place home. The Court of Appeals upheld the weapons conviction and the 15-year prison sentence given to Boyland, who once had 200 people working for him, drove a gold luxury car and had offices from Buffalo to Pittsburgh.

Boyland had been released on bail by a mid-level appeals court judge in 2010 and, after losing his appeal in December that year, failed to turn himself in. He was found by authorities outside a Pittsburgh hotel in April last year.

In a one-paragraph notation, the state’s highest court said the lower court conviction was affirmed and that other claims Boyland made in his appeal were without merit.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III noted Tuesday that Boyland is still attempting a new appeal. “Despite the fact that he pleaded guilty as charged, Mr. Boyland is appealing the bail-jumping conviction,” Sedita’s office said in a stataement.