By Robert J. McCarthy
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
More information about Arafat Nagi became available at his arraignment in federal court Wednesday morning.
Nagi, 44, told a federal magistrate judge that he has not worked since 2009, when he was injured. He told the judge he previously worked delivering medication to pharmacies for Prestige Delivery Systems, but was fired. He also described himself as disabled, though he never has filed for disability benefits. Nagi said he relies on family members to pay his bills and has no assets.
Nagi is a U.S. citizen. He said he is divorced and the father of a son, 23, and daughter, 21. He added that he pays no alimony to his ex-wife.
Nagi also was involved in a domestic incident in 2013, according to sources.
He appeared in court Wednesday clad in sweat pants and a T-shirt, with a scraggly beard and shoulder length, black hair. Before facing the judge, he was seen carefully studying a sheaf of court papers given to him by his attorney.
He directly answered all questions posed by the judge and raised a handcuffed hand to testify under oath as he was asked about his ability to pay for a lawyer.
When it was determined he lives with no income of his own, the judge assigned attorney Jeremy Schwartz to defend him.