October 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Feds want $9.6M in restitution from Kilpatrick, Ferguson

Detroit— Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson should repay more than $9.6 million in restitution to the bankrupt city for various crimes stemming from the city hall corruption scandal, federal prosecutors said Monday.

A restitution bill of $9,654,553 is the minimum amount of profit from extorted and rigged contracts tied to convictions in the corruption case, prosecutors wrote. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will determine the restitution amount when she sentences Kilpatrick on Thursday in federal court. Ferguson will be sentenced Friday.

“It is beyond question that the City of Detroit and its citizens were the clear cut victims of the defendants’ crimes,” federal prosecutors wrote.

Kilpatrick has a long and checkered history with court-ordered restitution. He owes $854,063 in restitution under terms of a deal that resolved criminal charges in the text-message scandal and hasn’t made a payment since February.

A spotty payment history and allegations Kilpatrick hid income and assets led to jail and extended prison stints, most recently in January.

In March, Ferguson agreed to forfeit his interest in a Detroit home, $460,000 seized by the FBI during the city hall corruption probe, 15 pieces of heavy equipment and a Riverfront Towers condominium.

Both men say they are broke.

Kilpatrick said he was destitute and received a taxpayer-funded legal team during the corruption trial, which ended in March. He was found guilty of 24 crimes, including racketeering.

Ferguson was found guilty of nine charges.

Prosecutors want Kilpatrick to spend at least 28 years in prison. His lawyer is arguing for 15 years.

Ferguson, meanwhile, should spend up to 28 years in prison, prosecutors say.

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