Feds show cash trail at Detroit ex-mayor’s trial
by Ed White, Associated Press
September 24, 2012 12:30 PM | 377 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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)
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)
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DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors are going right to the money in the first day of evidence at former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s corruption trial.

The jury on Monday saw a $4,000 cash deposit slip used by Kilpatrick in January 2005. An Internal Revenue Service agent says the government traced more than $500,000 in cash transactions between 2001 and 2008.

Kilpatrick is charged with fraud, bribery, tax crimes and a racketeering conspiracy. His father, a Detroit contractor and the city’s former water boss are also on trial in Detroit federal court. Jurors heard opening statements Friday. The trial could stretch into 2013.

Kilpatrick quit the mayor’s office in 2008 in an unrelated scandal.

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