Kwame Kilpatrick’s charity, set up to aid Detroit youths, paid for college tuition for his sister Diarra Kilpatrick and a cousin at New York University and Tennessee State University, according to an IRS agent.
The expense was one of several prosecutors described today in court. The charity also spent thousands on tuition for Kilpatrick’s children and for a political consultant, prosecutors allege.
IRS Special Agent Ron Sauer testified the Kilpatrick Civic Fund spent $2,500 on tuition for Kilpatrick’s sister at New York University and $1,000 for his cousin at Tennessee State University in 2001.
Diarra Kilpatrick is an actress who has starred in a number of movies and TV shows, including “Talking with the Taxman About Poetry” last year. Her brother is facing a number of tax charges, including tax evasion.
The charity also spent $1,500 on Kilpatrick’s other sister, Ayanna Ferguson, in February 2002.
Prosecutors introduced the mayor’s text messages to illustrate the point. The text referred to Ayanna Ferguson by her nickname “Bone.”
“Can we write Bone a (check)for $2,000?” Kilpatrick mistress Christine Beatty texted the mayor.
“Yes,” Kilpatrick responded.
Days later, Ferguson texted Beatty.
“I paged you yesterday, re: the transfer of the loot,” according to the text message.
Another $5,000 check from the charity paid for preschool tuition for the mayor’s children at A Step Ahead school in 2002.
Sauer also was shown several checks totaling $69,000 paid to consultant Adolph Mongo for political work in 2005 and 2008.