Ex-Detroit Mayor To Spend Weekend In Prison
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted in 2008 for obstruction of justice, will spend this weekend in prison for 14 parole violations, a state corrections spokesman said Friday.
Kilpatrick is to report to the Detroit Reentry Center Friday afternoon and will be released from custody early Monday, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said.
The ex-mayor still owes Detroit $855,000 in restitution and is required to report gifts and other income as a condition of his parole, something officials say he has failed to do on a number of occasions.
The state alleges that Kilpatrick failed to report money transfers to his wife, Carlita, in September, October and November, and that he did not disclose a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for those months.
Kilpatrick agreed to waive the formal process for these parole violations and instead serve three days at a Detroit lockup as punishment, Marlan said.
Corrections officials earlier this month told Kilpatrick to give up the names of people who wired him $4,000 that he failed to disclose to the state. He was fitted with an electronic tether at the time for not disclosing money sent in December from a Chicago pastor. Officials have expressed concern that Kilpatrick is hiding assets that could be applied toward the restitution he owes.
“Additional charges and/or sanctions could be possible should new information on potential parole violation behavior come to light,” Marlan said in a statement.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat whose mother is former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was elected mayor in 2001. He resigned in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying in a civil case about having sex with an aide. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.
Kilpatrick, who also is on trial for public corruption in federal court in Detroit, didn’t comment when he arrived Friday morning at the U.S. courthouse downtown. A message seeking comment was left with Kilpatrick’s attorney, Todd Flood.
Kilpatrick has been confined to his mother’s home in the city and banned from traveling to Texas where his wife and three sons live.
He is charged with a series of crimes related to an alleged scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars through racketeering and extortion. The government says many of his targets were contractors who did business with the city and were desperate to keep it.
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