Judge: Ex-Detroit Mayor Owes $300K Within 90 Days

By: Corey Williams AP Email
By: Corey Williams AP Email

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied again to the citizens of the city he once led, a judge said Wednesday as he ordered the disgraced official to pay more than $300,000 in restitution within 90 days or face further punishment.

During a restitution hearing, Wayne County Judge David Groner had harsh words for the ex-mayor and convicted felon, calling his conduct "reprehensible" and accused him of showing "contempt" for Detroit.

"You have not been credible in this courtroom and again you have not been honest" Groner said.

Kilpatrick was silent during the hearing, shaking his head on occasion as Groner made his ruling.

Kilpatrick had agreed to pay $1 million in restitution in late 2008 as part of pleas in two criminal cases, but later requested that his monthly payments be reduced. He lowered those payments from $6,000 to $3,000 because he said his pay in a new job as a salesman in Texas had fallen.

Prosecutors accused Kilpatrick of hiding assets by moving large sums from bank accounts bearing his name to those under his wife's name, and wanted Groner to order him to pay a $225,000 lump sum.

Groner ruled that Kilpatrick has to pay 30 percent of two $50,000 gifts paid to his wife, Carlita, and the couple's three sons. He has 30 days to come up with that $19,500.

The judge also ordered Kilpatrick to repay $36,142 in moving expenses paid by the Kilpatrick Civic Fund within 30 days; $23,369 from his tax refund within 30 days; and a $240,000 loan from four business executives within 90 days.

Kilpatrick was elected mayor in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. In 2008, the Detroit Free Press published embarrassing and explicit text messages between the married mayor and his then-chief of staff - messages that contradicted testimony both made during a 2007 trial in which they denied having a romantic relationship.

The mayor resigned in 2008 after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and pleading no contest to assault. He served 99 days in jail and was released Feb. 3.


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