FBI wiretaps show Kilpatrick placing lottery bets, losing

Bernard Kilpatrick

Bernard Kilpatrick called a Detroit liquor store 159 times to bet on the state lottery — calls that were intercepted by the FBI, which was wiretapping his phone.

One call was played for jurors Wednesday from August 2007, during which Kilpatrick called Tunnel Liquor, asking owner Andrew Kado about the previous day’s numbers.

Andrew Kado is the brother of ex-Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado, who testified he paid at least $360,000 in bribes to Bernard Kilpatrick, his son ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and mayoral aide Derrick Miller.

Karl Kado

During the call, Andrew Kado told Bernard Kilpatrick he lost.

“Ahhhhhh,” Bernard Kilpatrick said.

Kado told Kilpatrick he owed him $720 — a small piece of a lottery debt that eventually totaled $85,000.

The call and testimony about Kilpatrick’s lottery debts suggest a motivation for the political consultant to allegedly shake down city contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kilpatrick also ran up a $20,000 lottery debt at the liquor store, according to testimony.

Karl Kado loaned his brother money to cover the tab.

Prosecutors also showed jurors Bernard Kilpatrick’s text messages from 2007 that indicated the political maestro directed Miller to handle contract matters for Kado.

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