Former Detroit mayor could land in jail

Jan. 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A decision on whether to jail former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on charges of parole violation won't be made until next week, a judge says.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner is to announce Jan. 20 whether he agrees with prosecutors that Kilpatrick is spending lavishly in Dallas while owing the state $1 million in restitution, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

Kilpatrick has said he can only afford to repay $6 per month.

During hearings on the matter, prosecutors said Kilpatrick has spent thousands of dollars on everything from maid service and airline tickets to charitable donations.

An analysis of the Kilpatrick's checking account indicates the former mayor and his wife spent nearly $630,000 between October 2008 and October 2009, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has requested the former mayor be ordered to make an immediate $225,000 payment to the city of Detroit toward his restitution for a text message scandal.

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