Detroit firm praised Kilpatrick pal despite extortion claims

Bobby Ferguson and Kwame Kilpatrick outside federal court.

A Detroit construction firm allegedly extorted by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson in 2007 praised the mayor’s pal two years later.

Ferguson’s defense lawyer showed former Lakeshore Engineering Services executive Tom Hardiman a letter his firm wrote in January 2009.

In the letter, a Lakeshore official hailed Ferguson’s firm for its performance on a water department project.

The letter reveals Lakeshore looked forward to working with Ferguson again, even though prosecutors allege the contractor and Kilpatrick extorted Lakeshore and Hardiman’s other company out of more than $12.9 million.

“The sustained efforts exerted by the Ferguson Enterprises team in making the water system improvement projects…a success is acknowledged and greatly appreciated,” the Lakeshore official wrote. “We look forward to our continued accomplishments as we count on Ferguson Enterprises in the effective and successful performance of these existing and many other future projects,” the letter continued.

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