Ex-Detroit Mayor’s Charity at Center of New Charges
June 24, 2010
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already serving a state prison term for probation violations, was indicted Wednesday on tax and fraud charges related to a charity he set up in 1999, The Detroit News and the Associated Press report.
The indictment alleges Mr. Kilpatrick used the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, whose mission is to help youth and neighborhood-improvement programs in the city, as a private slush fund, channeling money from the charity into his mayoral campaigns and diverting at least $640,000 to personal use.
He is charged with failing to pay taxes on the alleged income and making false statements to donors and the Internal Revenue Service about how the fund was used.
Mr. Kilpatrick was jailed last month after a judge ruled he violated his probation in the criminal case that forced him out of office in 2008.