Prosecutors: Kilpatrick insisted $75,000 go to wife`s for-profit - FOX 35 News Orlando

Prosecutors: Kilpatrick insisted $75,000 go to wife`s for-profit

Posted: Updated:
Donna Williams, the executive director of Vanguard Community Development Corporation, testified in court Thursday. (Credit: WJBK) Donna Williams, the executive director of Vanguard Community Development Corporation, testified in court Thursday. (Credit: WJBK)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The focus was on the wife of Kwame Kilpatrick, Carlita, and thousands of dollars during Day 3 of the ex-Detroit mayor's corruption trial.

What we heard Thursday involved events that happened when Kilpatrick was the Democratic leader in the Michigan House. For starters, we should make it clear that Carlita Kilpatrick has not been charged with a crime, but her husband has been charged with plenty and prosecutors say the scheme involved funneling thousands of dollars of state money to his wife.

Vanguard Community Development Corporation has a simple motto. "We must stand for our community in order for our community to stand."

However, federal prosecutors say Kwame Kilpatrick had something else in mind when he steered $300,000 in state grant money to the Detroit non-profit. They say he insisted that $75,000 of the money go to U.N.I.T.E., a for-profit company being run by his wife.

Vanguard Executive Director Donna Williams testified that she found out over the phone.

"I didn't like the phone call," she said outside of court.

Williams said that when she met Carlita Kilpatrick it was for an introduction not an interview because in her mind the deal was already done.

Carlita Kilpatrick's contract was unlike other deals. Instead of billing for work as she did it, the future first lady billed Vanguard up front for $23,000 for materials and $52,000 for services for a total of $75,000.

Defense attorneys accused Williams of testifying against the former mayor because her sister is a federal prosecutor in the very unit battling Kilpatrick.

"We discussed these things long before my sister was in the Public Corruption Unit. I'm very proud of my sister. She surely doesn't need me to make a good reputation for herself," Williams told us.

Williams said she liked Carlita Kilpatrick even though she didn't earn the money she was paid.

"Mrs. Kilpatrick is a very intelligent woman. I enjoyed knowing her. Had we met under other circumstances in a different way, I could easily see her being somebody that we brought on board."

In the end, Carlita Kilpatrick only got a little more than half of the money she was expecting. Williams said that's because state officials didn't like how the money was being spent and that got Williams an earful from then state Representative Kilpatrick, who accused her of screwing up by telling some state officials that Vanguard's grant money had gone to his wife.

Jim Schaefer and I met Ms. Williams about four years ago when I was working for the Free Press and we were investigating some of the improprieties that we had found in the Kilpatrick administration in the wake of the text message scandal. Our stories at that time came into the court hearing on Thursday because there was a question over whether Williams had been completely up front and accurate in what she had said. My suspicion is that she didn't tell us the whole story back then because she had no idea where this thing was going to end up.

  • Latest Development in the Kilpatrick Corruption TrialMore>>

  • Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Friday, October 11 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-10-11 19:20:27 GMT
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Thursday, October 10 2013 9:33 PM EDT2013-10-11 01:33:28 GMT
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
  • No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    Thursday, May 29 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-05-30 03:32:53 GMT
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI execute search warrant in connection to murder of Armada Teen, April Millsap

    FBI execute search warrant in connection to murder of Armada Teen, April Millsap

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:32:21 GMT
    The FBI is searching a house is near Wales Center and Marquette roads in Wales Township in St. Clair County in connection to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap of Armada.
    The FBI is searching a house is near Wales Center and Marquette roads in Wales Township in St. Clair County in connection to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap of Armada.
  • Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault

    Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:14:35 GMT
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices