'Broke' Kilpatrick taps mom for $500 restitution payment


Kwame Kilpatrick’s mom coughed up $500 Wednesday to help the former Detroit mayor pay restitution to the city, the third straight month the cash-strapped corruption defendant has been unable to afford the payment, according to the state.

Kilpatrick disclosed the payment arrangement to state prison officials, who sent him to jail last month on a parole violation for failing to disclose almost $6,000 in gifts.

The former mayor spent the weekend in jail because he didn’t report money that could have been used toward the $854,063 restitution he still owes the city from the text-message scandal.

Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick could face more time if he’s convicted in the racketeering trial — or if the Michigan Department of Corrections finds other violations.

Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said former U.S. Rep Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick made the payment Wednesday.

Kilpatrick has complained he is broke and unable to earn money while standing trial on corruption charges that could send him to prison for up to 20 years.

The News reported in December that Kilpatrick owed $1.8 million to creditors and that his bank account was overdrawn by $231.

He paid the restitution last month after borrowing money from an unidentified relative. In December, he made the restitution payment after receiving $2,000 from Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks.

The undisclosed gift led to parole violation charges and the weekend jail stint.

Ironically, Kilpatrick this month offered his view on sons begging mothers for cash:

Robert Snell

Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.