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Kwame Kilpatrick Ordered To Triple Monthly Restitution Payments To City Of Detroit

Kwame Kilpatrick

Posted: 03/ 1/2012 6:36 pm

Detroit's former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick got word this week that his restitution payments to the city will triple. But the new monthly payment plan has Kilpatrick only sending half of what Wayne County Pros­ecutor Kym Wor­thy recommended.

Kilpatrick owes the city more than $850,000, which he has been paying since he was released from jail in 2011.

This week, the state increased his monthly payments from $160 to $500, according to the Detroit News, and he will also be required to do 16 hours of monthly community service.

Kilpatrick's former chief of staff Christine Beatty is currently paying a $500 monthly restitution to the city, part of the reason the Michigan parole board chose to increase Kilpatrick's payment, the Free Press reports.

Kilpatrick has claimed he lacks funds, and in correspondence with the Michigan Department of Corrections uncovered by the Detroit News, he said he had to borrow money to pay the monthly $160. But the state gave evidence of a "life of luxury," including Kilpatrick's move to a more spacious home in Texas, as cause to demand higher restitution payments.

Kilpatrick is also making income from his book, "Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick," all of which is supposed to go towards paying restitution. Moving forward, he will be required to report all sales and proceeds from the book.

The former mayor spoke in Detroit Sunday, where he told parishioners at New Life Family Church that his old self is "dead," according to the Free Press.

Yet Kilpatrick's mayorship was littered with cases of corruption that continue to be revealed.

The city's former Treasurer and friend of Kilpatrick Jeff Beasley was indicted earlier this week on charges of extortion and taking extensive bribes that resulted in $84 million in losses for the city's two pension funds. And last month, Kilpatrick and associate Bobby Ferguson were handed another indictment for extortion.

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