Detroit’s Kilpatrick Must Account for $1.3 Million

Published March 25, 2009

Ousted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, recently out of jail after serving 100 days for perjury, has missed deadlines to report on the more than $1 million he had on hand at the end of 2007, according to The Detroit Free Press.

“What he has to gain by not filing is continuing to conceal how he’s spent his money,” Maurice Kelman, a retired law professor from Wayne State University, told the newspaper. Kelman says that the financial report is now more than two months overdue, and the public has a right to know.   The question, Kelman argues, is whether the former mayor, who faced felony charges evolving from his sex-text scandal with then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, used the funds to fuel his defense.

Kilpatrick apparently isn’t the only Detroit-area politician who has missed filing deadlines, the Free Press reports, citing 120 other instances in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

“Candidates in Michigan who file late reports can be fined $50 initially, with costs rising to a maximum of $500,” the paper notes.

Kilpatrick’s cousin — Gregory Terrell – is listed in county records as the one who filed his reports since his first mayoral run in 2001. He apparently resigned as campaign treasurer last year, and did not return calls to the Free Press, according to the newspaper.

Written by BET.com Staff

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