DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A cousin of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will stand trial for embezzlement in the theft of nearly $20,000 from the Manoogian Mansion restoration fund.

The Detroit News reports that 40-year-old Nneka Cheeks waived a district court preliminary examination on felony charges of racketeering and eight counts of embezzlement.

The 40-year-old Cheeks, of Livonia, was Kilpatrick’s liaison to the Manoogian Mansion Restoration Society Fund starting in 2007.

Investigators said Cheeks used her position to access the fund to pay $3,600 toward her wedding reception at the Roostertail, $2,619 to the Jewelry Factory for a 1.25 carat loose diamond and her husband’ wedding band, $3,943 to pay off debt for an unnamed relative,  $1,140 to ‘Brides Made Fit’ for personal training, $450 to Allure Medical Spa for mesotherapy cosmetic injections, $4,025 in cash withdrawals, and $1,300 to Michigan Veterinary Specialists for care of her dog, “Trouble.”

An Ingham County judge ruled in September that Cheeks was in default of a civil lawsuit claiming she took $25,000 from the fund.

Cheeks’ circuit court arraignment is set for Sept. 2.

She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on a racketeering charge.

Kilpatrick resigned as mayor in 2008 as part of a plea in a criminal case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments (2)
  1. Jim says:

    Maybe a separate jail or prison can be built for all the Kilpatricks and Cheeks. It would fill up quickly. Build it in Detroit where all Kwame’s supporters can visit unmolested, if both were to stop by. I’m just sayin!

  2. Karlita says:

    Man …. If I ran today . I’d win. Well, your cuz could use your help… Lol.
    She’s gonna be someone’s good time in the cooler! Hey Kwame, got any advice for your cuz?

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