FBI Agent: Bernard Kilpatrick contemplated trucking deal for sludge

Bernard Kilpatrick considered creating a trucking firm to take advantage of a proposed $1.2 billion sludge deal, according to testimony this morning.
FBI special agent Bob Beeckman said agents intercepted phone calls in 2007 in which Kilpatrick and Akunna Olumba, his former girlfriend and business partner, talked about creating the firm and putting it in the name of Daniel Ferguson.daniel ferguson
He’s  a cousin of Bobby Ferguson, a contractor who is facing corruption charges along with Bernard Kilpatrick and Kwame Kilpatrick. His wife is Ayanna Kilpatrick, the former mayor’s sister.
Beeckman said Bernard Kilpatrick talked about the trucking deal and hiding the ownership in Daniel Ferguson’s name.
James R. Rosendall, Jr., the former Synagro Technoligies exec who testified against the Kilpatricks since last week, testified this morning that he felt Bernard Kilpatrick was considering the trucking deal to make more money off the deal.

Bernard Kilpatrick was slated to get as much as $3.8 million from the deal if it went through.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike has been a reporter at The Detroit News since 2006.