A video in which Detroit’s former first lady Carlita Kilpatrick is questioned over why she had hundreds of dollars in undisclosed cash in one of her desk drawers has surfaced several months after she was let go from her job in Duncanville, Texas.
A police officer and investigators are seen entering Kilpatrick’s office to discover cash kept in an office desk drawer in the video “Show Me The Money” posted Sept. 16 on YouTube with text “Cash audit results in hidden cash box in the desk of Carlita Kilpatrick.”
“Can we look at Carlita’s desk?” an investigator asks, prompting a nearly 13-minute evaluation in which investigators count the money in detail, prompting Kilpatrick to answer questions.
“So you’re saying this represents overages that were not deposited when you had overages from normal business?” the investigator asks Kilpatrick.
“Yes,” she replied.
“OK. Well, we have a policy here that any time you’re over or any time you’re short those things are supposed to be reported. They’re not supposed to be held back,” the investigator said.
“We’re going to have to report this to the city manager.”
Kilpatrick is told the discovery isn’t criminal but against policy.
Kilpatrick was fired July 10 from her job at the Duncanville Fieldhouse, a sports facility, after failing to meet requirements of her 180-day probation, said Claudia Garibay, a spokeswoman for the city of Duncanville, Texas.
Kilpatrick made $42,100 per year as a specialist there. Her duties included helping with operations, scheduling sports tournaments and handling customer concerns.
Garibay said Wednesday the video is legitimate and it is unclear how or why it was released.
“It was not released by the city,” she said. “It was shot for documentation purposes. It was not a hidden camera or anything.”
The video shows part of an investigation launched by the city’s finance department after receiving a tip about misappropriation of city assets, Garibay said.
“The city conducted an investigation and concluded, as you can see in the video, that Ms. Kilpatrick failed to comply with city policy, which requires all overages be reported and deposited,” Garibay said.
The city found $341 in Kilpatrick’s desk and the incident was reported to the city manager, Garibay said.
“He made the decision to terminate her based on those findings, and she had not completed her probationary period,” Garibay said.
Kilpatrick could not be reached by cellphone and did not respond to a text message early Wednesday.
Neighbors of Kilpatrick in Prairie View, Texas, said in July a “For Lease” sign was in the front lawn of the 5,016-square-foot home she rented for $2,600 per month.
Neighbor Malinda Carter said the family kept to themselves in the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house.
Carter said she never saw Kilpatrick or her three children outside, and neighbors had to keep up the landscaping. She said she saw more news crews than signs of life in the home.
Real estate agent Joe Livingston also said at the time Kilpatrick and her husband, disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, did an “average” job keeping up the home while he was trying to sell it in May and June.
Meanwhile, Kwame Kilpatrick is being held in federal prison in Milan awaiting sentencing in a City Hall corruption case. In March, a jury found him guilty of 24 charges, including racketeering conspiracy. He faces up to 20 years or more in federal prison.