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Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed For Corruption: Detroit’s Ex Hip-Hop Mayor Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

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Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed For Corruption: Detroit’s Ex Hip-Hop Mayor Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed For Corruption

Oct 10, 2013 – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed 28 Years For Corruption

Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed For Corruption: Detroit’s Former Hip-Hop Mayor Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in a federal prison on corruption and extortion charges.

The sentence comes as the city of Detroit is seeking to shed massive debts he helped rack up in the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy.

Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted in March of two dozen criminal counts following a sweeping federal investigation into the rigging of municipal and state contracts.

Some 33 other people — including city workers and contractors — have also been convicted as a result of the investigation.

“This case is not so much about punishing for the past as it about shaping the future,” US Attorney Barbara McQuade said.

“A significant sentence like this one will deter other officials from stealing from the people and will attract honest public servants to office.”

Known as Detroit’s ‘hip hop mayor,’ Kilpatrick resigned in 2008 after he was caught lying under oath during a torrid police whistle blower case.

He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges and served four months in jail for lying during the investigation of a hushed-up stripper party at the mayoral mansion and an affair he had with his chief of staff.

The charges were filed after Kilpatrick abruptly instructed the city to award 8.4 million dollars to settle wrongful dismissal charges by three police officers who said they had been fired for investigating the mayor and the party.

He was indicted two years later on the sweeping corruption charges.

Prosecutors argued that Kilpatrick held up city contracts until winning bidders agreed to pay huge fees to his friend, Bobby Ferguson, who received at least $83 million that he shared with Kilpatrick.

He also raided his campaign coffers and accepted bribes from contractors seeking work with the city.

The jury also heard evidence that corruption went back as far as Kilpatrick’s time as a state when he diverted a state grant aimed at helping Detroit children to a non-profit run by Ferguson and his wife that instead spent the money on personal expenses.

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  1. Lekan Lawal

    October 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Can we do that in naija. Small time they will pardon them or give them options of fine of #10,000 ten thousand naira

  2. itsurboi

    October 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM


  3. ibk

    October 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Na tru u talk @lekan lawal… Nigeria is full of corruption only God can help us…. Hmmmmm**

  4. Naheem

    October 11, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Detroit is really messed up. I was there last week. Even Dogs and Cats can buy a house there. I am so sorry for Black men or should I say African Americans. They are not helping the situation at all. I really don’t want to say much here so that I don’t sound bigot. But honestly speaking B. folks need to get there act together. Detroit is in mess big time. Do you want to invest in real estate? go to Detroit but no guarantee of profit cus crack heads mess things up

  5. waleabdhool

    October 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I wish this could happen in our beloved Nigeria

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