Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the ultimate target in a six-year federal investigation into City Hall corruption, was indicted today by a federal grand jury, accused of orchestrating an elaborate scheme that forced contractors to pay heavily in return for city contracts.Conyers, the wife of Democrat Congressman John Conyers (who isn't even mentioned, by the way) is already in prison.
The charges cap a lengthy federal corruption investigation headed by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office that has netted more than 10 felony convictions, including former City Council President Monica Conyers.
The indictment follows years of leaks, secretive grand jury meetings, wiretaps, small fish convictions, rumors and teases and finally connects the dots between Kilpatrick and a broad pattern of corruption involving several city departments, including the Detroit Water and Sewerage. Kilpatrick once had broad powers to award multimillion-dollar contracts without Detroit City Council approval.Other than all that he's clean as a whistle.
The indictment is the latest federal blow against Kilpatrick, 40, who is in federal prison on a probation violation and was indicted June 23 on 19 fraud and tax counts. That indictment accused the former mayor of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a community educational organization controlled by family and friends. He allegedly spent the money on travel, yoga lessons and other personal expenses.
Today's indictments touch on several major scandals that dogged Kilpatrick's tenure.
Update: Reader Carole points us to this Kwame website where you can helpfully aid the criminal by donating money. Kwame says it's his moral responsibility to break the law.
Moral responsibility may compel you to disobey the law.