Ex-Detroit Mayor Under New Investigation

Published June 15, 2009

Michigan's office of the Secretary of State wants to know if Kwame Kilpatrick illegally used $1 million to pay lawyers before his jail sentence last year.

The ex-Mayor of Detroit served about 100 days after pleading guilty to corruption and lying under oath, following a sex-charged scandal that largely divided the city.

Kilpatrick is being investigated to determine if he misused political funds to pay for his defense, in violation of state law. The politician had previously settled a lawsuit by ex-cops who said Kilpatrick had them fired for investigating a case that would've exposed his extra-marital affair with his chief of staff.

The Secretary of State's request for Kilpatrick's records is just the latest legal question Kilpatrick has faced since leaving jail early this year. He has already come up thousands of dollars short in making monthly restitution payments as part of his plea deal, while it was recently reported that he's renting a $6,000-a-month Texas mansion.

Written by BET.com Staff

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