Kwame Kilpatrick Allegedly Took $10,000 Bribe

Stunning new allegations have surfaced against Detroit's former mayor.

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Getty Images)
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Getty Images)

The Detroit Free Press is reporting allegations against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that came to light after a close friend was charged with money laundering. 

The allegations were revealed in a superseding indictment filed in U.S. District Court in the case against Bobby Ferguson, a close friend of Kilpatrick.

The charges [against Ferguson] are related to Ferguson’s alleged attempts to conceal $1.7 million in extorted payments that he received for no-show work from a contractor.

Today’s indictment also offered a new, stunning allegation that Kilpatrick pocketed a $10,000 kickback in a restroom. 

According to the indictment, the money exchange happened during a meeting in the fall of 2007. Kilpatrick had asked Derrick Miller to try to get money from a restaurant developer who was seeking a loan from the city’s pension funds for the Asian Village restaurant development, the indictment alleged. 

Miller ended up getting $10,000 from the restaurant developer, and handed the money over to Kilpatrick in a restroom in the developer’s restaurant, the document charges. 

The superseding indictment also details new allegations of criminal activity involving Kilpatrick and his co-defendants in a pending federal racketeering case. The fresh allegations are meant to bolster the government’s argument that Kilpatrick and his co-defendants, including his father and Ferguson, ran a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves.

If these charges are true, Kilpatrick, a former Democratic Party superstar, should be ashamed of himself. Voters put their trust in him, and all he did was help hasten the decline of Detroit, a former industrial powerhouse that is on the verge of bankruptcy today.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press.