Ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied about his ability to repay the city $1 million for his corrupt handling of a civil lawsuit, a judge says.
Kilpatrick, who served jail time after he was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice in 2008, lives like a baller in Texas, bank records show, but claims that family and personal expenses leave him with just $6 after his monthly restitution is paid.
“You have not been credible in this courtroom and, again, you have not been honest,” said Judge David Groner. Kilpatrick was ordered to repay $319,000 of his restitution within 90 days, or he could be jailed again. The former Florida A&M football player was also given less time to complete his $1 million restitution: four years instead of five.
The once-popular city leader’s troubles began two years ago when text messages showing that he had an extra-marital affair with his chief of staff were published by the Detroit Free Press newspaper. Among other things, the texts revealed that Kilpatrick had fired police whose investigation of overtime by the mayor’s security may have exposed the sexual relationship. Kilpatrick had denied under oath that he had the affair and that he retaliated against the cops for their investigation. Using city money, he had later settled a multi-million-dollar suit by the officers, before eventually accepting the plea deal to repay $1 million of it and serve probation after months in jail.
But last year, Kilpatrick cut in half the amount of his $6,000 monthly payments, claiming that he’d lost income. Along with renting a suburban Dallas home fit for the MTV show “Cribs,” Kilpatrick spent tens of thousands of dollars on limos, dining out and even financial donations to the Nation of Islam, since his release from prison, credit card records showed.
“The court finds the defendant’s conduct in this matter reprehensible,” Groner added.
Along with his new restitution order, Kilpatrick could face new criminal charges of perjury after testifying that he knew nothing about how the household finances are managed.