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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

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  • Bernard Kilpatrick

    Bernard Kilpatrick

    Wednesday, September 5 2012 5:18 PM EDT2012-09-05 21:18:22 GMT
    Bernard Kilpatrick was indicted on six counts of racketeering, extortion and filing a false tax return.
    Bernard Kilpatrick was indicted on six counts of racketeering, extortion and filing a false tax return.
  • Victor Mercado

    Victor Mercado

    Wednesday, September 5 2012 5:08 PM EDT2012-09-05 21:08:53 GMT
    A federal grand jury indicted Victor Mercado on four counts of racketeering, extortion and obstruction of justice.
    A federal grand jury indicted Victor Mercado on four counts of racketeering, extortion and obstruction of justice.
  • Bobby Ferguson

    Bobby Ferguson

    Wednesday, September 5 2012 4:54 PM EDT2012-09-05 20:54:05 GMT
    Ferguson met Kilpatrick while Kilpatrick was a state representative and the two became close friends after Ferguson helped a constituent who contacted Kilpatrick about a snowed-in driveway. Ferguson was
    Ferguson met Kilpatrick while Kilpatrick was a state representative and the two became close friends after Ferguson helped a constituent who contacted Kilpatrick about a snowed-in driveway. Ferguson was
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Kwame Kilpatrick. Elected mayor in 2001 at age 31, becoming Detroit's youngest elected mayor.

His mother is former Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and his father Bernard is a former Wayne County commissioner who became a deputy Wayne County executive under Ed McNamara.

Kilpatrick's first term started with promise, including a restructured casino deal that led to the construction of the city's three casino hotels, but quickly became bogged down in reports that revealed Kilpatrick's high living funded by a city credit card and petty cash account.

Never-proven rumors that Kilpatrick held a wild party at the city-owned Manoogian Mansion, the official home of city mayors, made headlines after Kilpatrick fired a deputy police chief who was preparing to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by members of the mayor's inner circle.

The deputy chief and two former members of Kilpatrick's police bodyguard team filed a whistleblower lawsuit that went to trial in 2007. Text messages the Detroit Free Press revealed showed that Kilpatrick lied under oath during the case and used $8.4 million in city funds to cover up the text messages. He was charged criminally and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

As part of his plea deal, Kilpatrick agreed to resign from office and pay the city $1 million in restitution. He went to jail for more than three months and later did more than a year in prison after a judge ruled that Kilpatrick had concealed assets that could have been used to pay down his restitution tab.

In 2010, a federal grand jury handed down the first in a series of four indictments that charged Kilpatrick with 33 counts of racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud, filing false tax returns and income tax evasion.

The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Kilpatrick has denied wrongdoing and said federal prosecutors are out to get him.

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