Detroit — Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered Tuesday to pay almost $4.6 million in restitution to the bankrupt city
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds also ordered Kilpatrick to pay $195,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. It remained unclear where Kilpatrick will be sent to serve a 28-year prison sentence though the judge has agreed to recommend a federal prison in Texas so the former Detroit mayor can be near his wife, three children and extended family.
Kilpatrick, who is being temporarily housed at a federal prison in Milan, did not attend the hearing, which capped a years-long federal prosecution and one of the country’s biggest public corruption trials.
A $4,584,423 restitution bill represents proceeds obtained through a racketeering conspiracy headed by Kilpatrick that involved steering more than $73 million worth of contracts to his friend, contractor Bobby Ferguson, according to prosecutors. The government also wants Kilpatrick to pay $195,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.