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$9.6 million restitution sought from ex-Detroit mayor and friend

Oct. 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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DETROIT, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say they seek more than $9 million in restitution from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and a friend, both convicted of racketeering.

The federal government seeks $9,654,553, a "conservative money judgment" that is the "low end of ... estimated profits" that Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson, a contractor, received from a racketeering conspiracy and extortion, prosecutors wrote in documents filed Monday.

The request was made days ahead of sentencing for both men, who have been in jail since their March conviction for running what prosecutors called a criminal enterprise involving bid-rigging, extortion and bribery, the Detroit Free Press said.

Kilpatrick was previously jailed after conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, and again for a parole violation.

Prosecutors have asked for a sentence of a possible 28 years in prison for Kilpatrick, and up to 15 years for Ferguson.

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