Is grand jury prepping new charges against Kilpatrick pal?

Bobby Ferguson

Bobby Ferguson

Two of the lead federal agents who investigated contractor Bobby Ferguson in a $12 million bid-rigging case were spotted inside federal court Wednesday, the day grand juries typically hear criminal allegations.

The sightings of agents from the FBI and U.S. Housing and Urban Development came as Ferguson’s lawyers expect additional charges to be filed ahead of Ferguson being retried in the bid-rigging case in April. The sightings also came as Ferguson stands trial in the City Hall corruption trial alongside ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on the 8th floor of federal court.

The bid-rigging case against Ferguson ended in a mistrial last summer.

Earlier this month, Ferguson asked to delay the retrial, in part, because the City Hall corruption trial is taking too long and because the government might file new charges.

In the bid-rigging case, Ferguson and two others faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of charges that included conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Ferguson also faced two gun charges.

Ferguson was accused of falsifying bids, laundering money and dumping debris on the grounds of the old Herman Gardens public housing site on the west side.

Prosecutors portrayed Ferguson as a crooked contractor who used his connections and longtime friendship with Kilpatrick to win millions in city contracts.

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