Judge: Former mayor must pay or go to jail

Jan. 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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DETROIT, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick must pay more than $300,000 in restitution to taxpayers or risk returning to jail, a Michigan judge has ruled.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner ordered Kilpatrick to repay $240,000 in unreported loans he accepted from several Detroit-area businessmen, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Kilpatrick agreed in 2008 to pay back $1 million after admitting perjury in lying about an affair with his chief of staff and using millions of city funds in an attempt to keep the affair quiet, the Journal said.

On probation after serving a jail sentence on corruption and perjury charges, Kilpatrick has paid back about $80,000, but asked last year for a reduction in his monthly restitution, saying he was unable to pay.

Kilpatrick, who resigned as part of a plea deal, is said to be making a six-figure annual salary as a salesman for a Texas computer company. Prosecutors say he is hiding his true income to avoid restitution.

In addition to ordering repayment, Groner is putting new restrictions on Kilpatrick, transferring his probation from Texas, where the former mayor lives, back to Michigan. Groner ordered Kilpatrick to report to probation by phone every Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported.

DeDan Milton, once an aide to Kilpatrick, has been indicted on federal bribery and extortion charges, officials said Wednesday. The FBI said in a release a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Milton, 37, on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and extortion, and two counts each of bribery and extortion.

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