Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered back to court Friday by Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner to address probation violation for non-payment of restitution.
According to The Detroit Free Press:
Groner also opened the door for prosecutors to address allegations of additional probation violations. Prosecutors have contended that Kilpatrick has repeatedly violated probation by lying about his finances and hidings his assets with his wife, Carlita.
“Your client is to be here Friday at 9 a.m. and at that point there will be a warrant that will be completed,” Groner told Kilpatrick’s lawyers. “We’ll arraign your client on that warrant, and we will proceed to a hearing sometime after that.”
The Michigan Department of Corrections sent a report to Groner on Monday showing that Kilpatrick had not met the judge’s Friday deadline to make a $79,011 payment toward his $1-million restitution. However, the former mayor came up with $14,048 on Friday and $21,125 on Monday.
Seems the 35 grand came from some “warm hearted people” according to Michael Alan Schwartz, one of Kilpatrick’s lawyers, who also noted that the mayor is pretty much destitute and if he doesn’t have the cash, how can he be in violation of the probation terms.
That old saw, however, is growing old with Groner who, just two weeks ago was regaled with tales of extradordinary amounts of money – several hundred thousand – going through the hands of the Kilpatrick family.
But alas, Kilpatrick argues, that was then and this is now.
Anyone got spare change for a one-way plane ticket to Detroit lockup?