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Witness describes cash deliveries

Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:47 PM

DETROIT, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Emma Bell, a longtime ally of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, testified about bringing him thousands of dollars in cash.

Bell, who has said she thinks of Kilpatrick as a "son," told jurors in federal court Wednesday she would get cash contributions for Kilpatrick or his Civic Fund, keep a 10 to 15 percent commission for herself and deliver the rest, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said she would structure the money

so that each delivery was less than $10,000, below the threshold for reporting cash transactions to the Internal Revenue Service.

Jim Thomas, a defense lawyer, cross-examined Bell about what she will receive in return for her testimony, hinting she is lying to secure a lesser sentence for herself.

Kilpatrick, his father and two others are on trial on bribery and corruption charges.

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