Detroit Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Ordered to Pay Higher Restitution

Fearing that he may be living too lavishly, the Michigan parole board increased his restitution payments.

Posted: 03/02/2012 11:32 AM EST
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Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will have less disposable income now that a Michigan parole board decided to increase the amount he must pay in restitution by more than 200 percent.

The board ruled that Kilpatrick, who served as mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008, will now pay $500 a month, rather than the $160 he had been paying previously.

Russ Marlan, the spokesman for the state’s Department of Correction, said that the increase was decided upon when members of the board learned that the former mayor was paying more than $300 a month for cable television.

The revised restitution figures were the result of concerns among parole officials that Kilpatrick was spending larger-than-anticipated sums on his living expenses. In August, Kilpatrick, his wife and three sons moved into a 5,016-square-foot home valued at $338,400 in Grand Prarie, Texas. The home is larger than the official residence of the mayor of Detroit and significantly larger than the Texas home where he previously lived.

Kilpatrick’s time as mayor was plagued by a number of scandals and widespread accusations of corruption. The mayor resigned in 2008 after being charged with 10 felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges. He was released on probation after 99 days. In 2010, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 18 months to five years in prison for violating his probation and he served time at a federal correctional institution.

He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges in what a federal prosecutor called a “pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud” by some of Detroit's most prominent officials.

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