On Thursday afternoon Kwame Kirkpatrick was told at his mother’s west side Detroit home that he was confined there and was fitted with a tether, while the Michigan Department of Corrections investigates whether the former mayor violated his parole.
Kilpatrick can’t return to his home in Texas, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said. The restrictions only permit him to leave to meet with lawyers, go to court or to any pre-approved employment opportunities, such as speaking engagements.
“Other than those three things he will not be allowed to leave the house,” Marlan said.
The restrictions and GPS tether came after the Corrections Department says it determined Kilpatrick received a $2,000 cash gift from a Chicago pastor before Christmas, cashing the wire transfer at a Chesterfield Township Walmart.
Kilpatrick is required to disclose all income and gifts as part of his parole after serving prison time in the text message scandal.
Marlan said that the Corrections Department was alerted to the Walmart visit by Fox 2 News and discovered surveillance cameras caught Kilpatrick picking up the cash.
When Kilpatrick was questioned by his parole agent last week about receiving any gifts, he denied it. According to Marlan it happened more than once.
Corrections now will determine whether he faces further punishment, which could be anything from a verbal warning to returning to prison.