DETROIT (WWJ) – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has met a deadline to make his first drastically increased restitution payment.
According to Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlin, Kilpatrick’s $160 restitution was more than tripled in March when it was discovered that he could afford a lot more.
“I think it’s been talked about publicly, about his cable bill being more than he was paying in restitution that he owed the court, the City of Detroit,” Marlin told WWJ Newsradio 950.
Kilpatrick made the $500 payment on Monday.
Marlin said Kilpatrick may not be employed full time, but he does have some income.
“The book sales is something we’re still trying to … determine. It’s been very difficult thus far,” said Marlin. “But his speaking engagements, there are payment receipts that he does receive for going to groups across the country and providing motivational-type speeches.
He still owes Detroit more than $850,000 from a 2008 plea in a criminal case.
Kilpatrick now lives with his family in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas. He is awaiting trial later this year on federal corruption charges.