10 News Investigators: Bruce Wright, deadbeat dad, now soliciting for Occupy Tampa

6:02 PM, Nov 8, 2011   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida - He's been arrested over unpaid child support, but in six months since the 10 News Investigators first investigated homeless advocate Bruce Wright, he's started to protest more...and pay his kids less.

The self-proclaimed reverend just returned from a trip to Washington D.C. where he was "Occupying" Freedom Plaza. He solicited money for that trip and is now soliciting money for the Occupy Tampa movement.  But where the money ends up is a mystery. Wright declined to answer questions on the topic Tuesday after meeting with "Occupy" organizers.

Wright, who doesn't keep office hours, says he makes a living as a "community organizer." He's recently been seen confronting police in Downtown Tampa and bailing out protesters who were  arrested. But he still hasn't made a child support payment in several months, falling more than $1,700 in arrears.

His May arrest was for driving with a suspended license. It was suspended for not making child support payments.  He still has not had his license reinstated because of the arrears.

When asked if he was a professional protester, Wright replied, "No, I'm a human being fighting for rights." But according to the courts, the rights of his kids aren't being addressed properly.

Connect with 10 News Investigator Noah Pransky on Facebook at www.facebook.com/noahpransky or Twitter at www.twitter.com/noahpransky.  Send your story tips to noah@wtsp.com.

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