The parade of people who pocketed cash from Kwame Kilpatrick’s charity included a key aide who will testify against the former mayor soon, according to testimony.
DeDan Milton received $5,000 from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund in November 2008, two months after the mayor resigned. The payment was ordered by the mayor’s sister, Ayanna Kilpatrick Ferguson, according to testimony.
“Why?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked former Kilpatrick aide April Edgar.
“Ayanna Kilpatrick told me to,” Edgar said.
“Why?” Bullotta asked.
The check memo read “consulting.”
Milton is a longtime friend and former executive assistant to Kilpatrick.
He admitted taking about $16,000 in kickbacks in connection with two city land sales. Milton was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen also ordered Milton to serve two years of supervised release after he gets out.
Milton, 40, is scheduled to be released from a Pennsylvania prison in August.
Prosecutors allege Kilpatrick defrauded donors of the charity by spending charity money on personal expenses, which violated IRS tax laws.
Edgar also received Civic Fund money, according to her own testimony.
She went to an Ohio indoor water park in 2008 with her husband and children.
“How did you pay for it?” Bullotta asked.
“The Civic Fund,” Edgar testified. “I talked to the mayor and he said it was OK for me to do it.”
“Did you do any Civic Fund business or fundraising?” while at the park, the prosecutor asked.
“No,” Edgar said.