DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been ordered to pay more each month toward his restitution to the state – a lot more.
Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Thursday that Kilpatrick now is on the hook for payments of $500. He had been required to pay $160.
Kilpatrick also must perform 16 hours of community service each month, as well as accounting for his income, expenses and proceeds from sales of his autobiography. The increased restitution amount begins April 1.
He owes Detroit about $860,000 of $1 million in restitution as part of a plea deal to criminal charges in 2008. Prosecutors had sought monthly payments of $1,000.
Earlier this week, Kilpartick broached the restitution topic on his Facebook page:
“I looked up the word Restitution in the dictionary. Definitions include; the giving back of what has been lost; return; restoration; the making good on any loss, damage or injury. Before you can truly make full restitution, there MUST first be a common understanding of what was loss, and your responsibility for that particular loss. OR, you will simply be pouing your spirit, work, and even money into the pit of confusion, anger, rage, and despair. No matter how much you give the hole will NEVER close, because there is no understanding or agreement on what, or how big the hole is. So, there will never be Restitution or Reconciliation, only Retribution … ”
Kilpatrick now lives in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife and three sons. He, along with his father Bernard, is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges.
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