In 2010 Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to prison by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner, who ruled that the former Mayor had not been forthright about how much money he had on hand to put toward his $1-million restitution to the City of Detroit for his crimes in the text message scandal.
Now he is in trouble once again over a similar matter.
On Dec. 11 Kilpatrick received a money transfer at a Walmart in Chesterfield Township. It was reportedly for $2000 cash. The money came from a Chicago pastor who said it was a pre-Christmas gift.
When a parole officer questioned Kilpatrick last Friday about whether he had reported all income and gifts he received for December, Kilpatrick said that he had, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan.
“It appears to be deception regarding finances,” Marlan said. “This is not the first time this has occurred.”
Corrections officials confirmed Kilpatrick picked up the money at the Walmart after first being informed of the apparent transaction by Fox 2 News, Marlan said. Kilpatrick allegedly received the money two weeks before Christmas, kept $800 and sent $1,200 home to his family in Texas. There was no report of this money on his monthly declarations to his parole officer, Marlan said, and Kilpatrick didn’t come clean in more than one conversation with the officer.
Chicago pastor Corey Brooks told Fox News that the money was a gift, and Kilpatrick solicited it from him.
When questioned outside federal court in downtown Detroit, where Kilpatrick is being tried on several charges including racketeering, Kilpatrick told a group of reporters that the matter was too “trivial” to comment on, but that he did follow the rules of his parole.
Marlan said the Corrections Department is conducting an investigation and will make a recommendation to the Michigan Parole Board, which will determine what action to take. He said any action could range from nothing to further restrictions to sending Kilpatrick back to prison.
“We see this as pretty serious,” Marlan said.