In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks to federal court in Detroit with attorney Jim Thomas. Kilpatrick, who already spent 14 months in prison in a case related to a scandal that forced him from office in 2008, returns to federal court Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. This time, Kilpatrick faces corruption charges alleging he enriched himself and his allies by rigging public contracts, shaking down businessmen and pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars while the city suffered. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s former state budget director has told jurors that she was angry when she learned that public grants she approved in 2000 ended up in the hands of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife.
Prosecutors on Thursday took jurors back many years to when Kilpatrick was a state lawmaker. Part of a corruption indictment against him says he committed fraud while seeking grants for nonprofit groups.
The government alleges that $137,500 went to Kilpatrick and his wife Carlita, and another $100,000 was used by Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson to renovate his office. Former state budget director Mary Lannoye says she wouldn’t have approved the grants if she had known about Carlita Kilpatrick’s role.
Kwame Kilpatrick, Ferguson and two others are on trial for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.