RICO Charges against Kwame, his dad, and his friends.

From the WSJ, although locally this has been all over the radio:

The charges were amended Wednesday to include Bernard Kilpatrick, 69, an ex-Wayne County Commissioner, and to add allegations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, often used to prosecute organized crime. Wednesday’s indictment includes charges of conspiracy, bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice, filing false tax returns, tax evasion and mail and wire fraud.

Specifically, Kwame Kilpatrick is facing a single count each of racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion as well as nine counts of extortion, four counts of bribery, 13 counts of mail and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said the most serious penalties were for mail fraud, which carry up to 30 years in prison. The five defendants listed in the indictment face civil forfeiture proceedings which also could exact hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

He was a thug. More:

A federal grand jury issued a 38-count federal indictment Wednesday that portrayed Kwame Kilpatrick’s career in public service — from the state House in Lansing to City Hall — as a racketeering conspiracy.
The alleged scheme, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office dubbed the Kilpatrick Enterprise in the 89-page indictment, used a series of deals to extort tens of millions of dollars through contracts funded with taxpayer dollars — money that lined the pockets of his family, pals and cronies.

They’re all dirty.

As first reported by The Detroit News, the indictment revolved around the extortion of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department contractors. The public utility was a cash-rich department in which Kilpatrick once had broad powers to award multimillion-dollar contracts without City Council approval.

The irony, of course, is that the Detroit water and sewer system is woefully inadequate. Outdated and in desperate need of repairs.

The sweep of corruption alleged in the indictment involving the utility impacts nearly every household in Metro Detroit because the department, while owned by the city, is funded by more than 4 million water and sewerage customers across southeastern Michigan.
The indictment and focus on Detroit Water and Sewerage follows years of complaints from suburban leaders over the utility’s business decisions.
“What has transpired is not only a disservice to Detroit residents, but suburban residents as well,” Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch said.

A cash cow for the city, which then used none of it’s additional resources to begin updating the system. Can’t have that when everyone’s on the take.

McQuade said Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and Miller solicited bribes from people who wanted city business. The trio received $1 million in cash, flights on private jets to Las Vegas and Mackinac Island, and tickets to heavyweight fights in Las Vegas.
In one instance, Kilpatrick demanded $10,000 cash from homeless shelter operator Jon Rutherford so he would have spending money during a 2002 trip to the United Arab Emirates, according to the indictment.
The indictment accused Ferguson of funneling at least $424,000 in cash, gifts and other benefits to Kwame Kilpatrick while Bernard Kilpatrick pocketed more than $600,000 in cash.

Of course, he still has his defenders. Someone (prolly not Kwame, since he’s in jail) has been tweeting as Kwame about Teh Injustice.

Here’s a best of Kilpatrick RICO social media announcements.

Dec. 9, @KwameAndFamily: Government at its most extreme becomes unjust.

For instance, if a mayor requires a city contractor to replace one subcontractor with another subcontractor you happens to be the mayor’s BFF. That’s unjust.

Baaa haa haaa.

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