The U.S. Attorney in Detroit Wednesday unloaded a laundry list of federal charges against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and three other city officials in an indictment the FBI says has been a long time coming.

“I think that these charges will bring forth and show to the citizens of this area the abuse of power by certain individuals, and certainly shed light on some of the activity that has been going on here for far too long,” Detroit FBI Agent in Charge Andrew Arena said.

The 38-count indictment alleges corruption regarding city contracts totaling at least $100 million, involving racketeering conspiracy, extortion, fraud and bribery.

In addition to Kwame Kilpatrick and Bernard Kilpatrick, named in the indictment are Kilpatrick’s good friend and city contractor, Bobby Ferguson;Victor Mercado, former head of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; and Derrick Miller who is a former chief administrative officer for the city of Detroit.

In announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said the accused turned the mayor’s office into a criminal enterprise.

Listen: McQuade announces the charges

“The indictment charges all of them with working together to abuse Kwame Kilpatrick’s public offices — both his position as State Representative as well as his position as Mayor of Detroit — to unjustly enrich themselves to a pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud,” McQuade said.

“The indictment also charges Kwame Kilpatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson of defrauding donors to non-profit organizations, including the Kilpatrick Civic Fund.”

“They would ask donors to provide money to these funds, and instead of enriching the lives of Senior Citizens or children or residents of the city of Detroit — instead, using the funds for their personal benefit for expenses like   yoga classes, spa treatments, golf clubs,” she said.

“Many people in the Kwame Kilpatrick administration, including Kwame Kilpatrick, are already dealing with the Feds on other charges,”  said WWJ and Fox 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton.

“This is going to be very, very serious. And, if they are convicted of these when they have other charges pending or previous convictions, the guidelines for sentencing will put these people in prison for years and years to come,” he said.

Jim Thomas, Attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick spoke to WWJ about these latest charges.

“First and foremost —  and I don’t want you to forget this premise — that is, he is presumed to be innocent, at this point in time, of all the charges that are against him.  How I defend is something that will evolve once we have a chance to look at the charges and to absorb what the discovery materials are,”  Thomas said.

“To a great extent they’re relying on peoples’ testimony. We have to take a look and see what they said in the documents.  And, I’m sure we’ll have plenty to say about the witnesses and what it is that they said, and to point out any incosistacies that we can find,” he said.

Bernard Kilpatrick’s attorney, John Shea said his client will be entering a not guilty plea when the time comes.

Speaking live on WWJ, criminal defense attorney Ray Cassar said he expects the witness list in this case to be huge.

“My guess is there’s going to be hundreds of witnesses that have come forward that are going to be able to testify that, in fact, they paid money as bribes in order to get work in the city of Detroit,” Cassar said.

Cassar said these indictments were clearly a top priority for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“I think the U.S. Attorney took a great deal of time in putting together this lengthy, multi-page indictment, and I think the city of Detroit is going to be better off for it,” he said.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 for continuing coverage.

Comments (62)
  1. AtlasObjectivist says:

    No surprises here.

    1. Karen St John says:

      Sounds like a RICO trial (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act) may be on the horizon.

    2. TWB says:

      His was standard operating for the local Democrat Machines, was he just really bad at it…why did they pick him to prosecute, they could build a similiar case for any Democrat run locality nationwide.

  2. Mark Matis says:

    Look, he’s a Preferred Species. The DOJ will make sure nothing untoward happens to him. The stench is overwhelming.

    1. TWB says:

      He’s of the “preferred species” only when the Democrats need a “whipping boy” to take the fall for them. I mean Rangel was bad, by why does Harry Ried the landshark or Pelosi the union buster (her workers only) get a pass on thier corrupt acts? Most of the Democrat leadership could be removed by corruptoin charges, malefeasance in office, or …how about this one, violating their oaths of office to defend and protect the Constitution of the USA.

  3. Al says:

    @Robin…..are u kidding???…….Your remark is offensive

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Robin’s remark is honest. But we can’t have that now, can we?

  4. jimmey seven says:

    I was thinking the same thing.

  5. Kevin says:

    Detroit is the Northern version of New Orleans…. Corrupt and bankrupt from the leaders taking advantage of the people for generations. As long as the people are happy remaining uneducated, nothing will change for them.

  6. TexanPatriot says:

    Waiting for you Detroiters to come and take back Victor. He runs our water utility here….BexarMet…and let me tell you what kind of a water utility we have! We’ve been trying to get rid of him and BexarMet itself for a very long time. Our wish has come true. I take back everything I said bad about Detroit!

  7. CraigK says:

    For those interested in knowing the WHOLE TRUTH about corruption and its political protection in the land of the duped and the home of the swindled, consult the following definitive sources…

    The Secret Behind Secret Societies (who really controls the world):

    Hidden Agendas (of Freemasonry):

    Behind the Scenes (with whom are our leaders in league):

    The Beamable Sustainable Princes (real political and legal history of Britain and America):

    The Crown Temple by Rule of Mystery Babylon (real political and legal history of Britain and America):

    Genealogy of Presidential Bloodlines (how the kings of the earth still rule):

    CAFR: The Biggest Game in Town (on the massive financial fraud in gov’t accounting, how the gov’t secretly owns everything and how they maintain that secrecy):

    Food for Thought: A Review of Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering (on the political protection behind money laundering):

    The Creature from Jekkyl Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve (on the corrupt founding and purposes of the Federal Reserve System):

    The Money Masters: How International Bankers Gained Control of America (total corruption of banking and finance):

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather EXPOSE them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

    1. WooHoo says:

      CraigK – the aliens at Area 51 called. They want to know how you escaped?

  8. RM3 Frisker FTN says:

    Anyone know what political party former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick belonged to or aligned with? His political affiliation is not mentioned in the article (grin).

    If I had to guess, as in “guess the political party”, then I’d guess he is/was a Democrat. You can discern these things rather easily. If the Legacy Media fails to mention the political party of the busted politician then it was a Democrat, so as to try to hide the fact that Democrats are not just crooks but hypocritical crooks. Legacy Media types are easily embarrassed their political party of choice (i.e. Democrat) is so corrupt.

  9. The Man says:

    @TexanPatriot-Didn’t realize he was running a water department. I always felt he was crooked. You should see what we pay for water out in the Detroit Suburbs.

    @RM3 Frisker FTN-Of course Democrat. You don’t get voted for ANYTHING in Detroit unless you’re a Dem.

  10. Rod M. says:

    “and to point out any incosistacies that we can find…”

    1. Chapo says:

      SeaGoat – Why don’t you tell us what you really think! (smile). I don’t know if the beothrr needs to go to prison, but, I hope that he gets some advice from someone so that he realizes that he needs to resign. My grandfather once told me something that Kwame must not know. You can’t get away with the same stuff (as a Blackman) that others (white folks) can get away with. Clinton can have extra-marital affairs in the office; lie under oath; and still be revered as a national leader. Kwame, you can’t get away with it…

  11. Mike McKee says:

    Stop giving breaks to all the other people involved in the crime for testimony. Their names should be on the roster too. Lessen their time in prison but don’t let them get away with complicity. What good is it to cut the main malignancy away and leave the tainted tissue in place? A criminal is a criminal!

  12. Mike McKee says:

    You guys amuse me. Democrat, Republican, same thing, same criminal. WWF platform, soap opera mentality, what a joke. You’re so enamored with this goofy Sitcom while they’re picking your pocket and relieving you of your rights.

    1. Juan says:

      Housing should be much more aafrodfble as the price of homes returns to pre-2001 levels vis-a-vis the ratio of median income to median home price returning to below 2.50. This should aid many first-time home buyers. High grade corporate bonds should continue their recent uptrade with credit spreads declining and interest rates remaining low (for now).

  13. D Chastain says:

    Arrogance creates people like the ex mayor, not race or background.

  14. dr says:

    typical black politician

    1. Mary says:

      What’s a typical ‘white’ politician?

  15. Mary says:

    Always the poor children of these fathers & mothers are the innocent victims. I only pray that they can break the cycle of this dysfunctional family and have a good life for themselves and their children.

  16. countrycuz says:

    Wow…Let’s play “Hide the Party” shall we??

  17. Tskm says:

    Black (Kilpatrick) exploitation of Blacks (Detroit citizens).

  18. robert swist says:

    The words “JIVE Ni….er” come to mind.

    1. Mary says:

      If you’re going to infer something, be big enough to COMPLETELY infer it.

  19. JThomas309 says:

    Ahhh, Liberalism in all it’s glory!

  20. chilepepper99 says:

    Hahahahaha…….what a dope Kwame is. He could have been Mayor for life if he would have just kept his nose clean and done the right things. Instead, he decided that he was above the law and look where that got him. He deserves everything that is happening to him right now.

  21. jnsesq says:

    Corruption? In Detroit? Who knew? So, how’s that 40+ years of liberal municipal governance workin’ for ya? I hear the city’s looking to go agrarian too. LOL

    1. jnsesq says:

      PS: Nuttin’ an OJ jury can’t manage.

  22. 40 acres and a mule--in Africa! says:

    African despots enabled in America.
    Liberia is calling.
    Send ’em back.

  23. Marty says:

    You sir are a dolt. What a stupid, racist comment.

  24. stewartiii says:

    NewsBusters| Name That Party: As Usual, Again-Indicted Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Not ID’d As a Dem

  25. CptDano says:

    Black, white, green or yellow it is a crime no matter who. I hope they ALL get what they have coming. Can you spell K A R M A?

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