Feds Want $9.6M In Restitution From Kilpatrick, Ferguson

Source: Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit— Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson should repay more than $9.6 million in restitution to the bankrupt city for various crimes stemming from the city hall corruption scandal, federal prosecutors said Monday.

A restitution bill of $9,654,553 is the minimum amount of profit from extorted and rigged contracts tied to convictions in the corruption case, prosecutors wrote. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will determine the restitution amount when she sentences Kilpatrick on Thursday in federal court. Ferguson will be sentenced Friday.

“It is beyond question that the City of Detroit and its citizens were the clear cut victims of the defendants’ crimes,” federal prosecutors wrote.

Kilpatrick has a long and checkered history with court-ordered restitution. He owes $854,063 in restitution under terms of a deal that resolved criminal charges in the text-message scandal and hasn’t made a payment since February.

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