Prosecutors want disgraced Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and a boyhood friend to pay $9.6 million in restitution directly to the City of Detroit. The ex-mayor was sentenced to 28 years Thursday.
The US Attorney’s Office in Detroit wants Mr. Kilpatrick and boyhood friend Bobby Ferguson to pay $9.6 million in restitution directly to the City of Detroit. That is the sum they say the two men gained in an elaborate scheme to strong-arm city contractors working for the Water and Sewerage Department into funneling an estimated $74 million in city contracts to shell companies operated by Mr. Ferguson.
The criminal enterprise also included Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and ex-water department director Victor Mercado.
“It is beyond question that the City of Detroit and its citizens were the clear cut victims of the defendants’ crimes,” prosecutors said in court documents filed earlier this week.