Prosecutors pooh-poohed an argument from Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer that the former mayor deserved credit for a city rule favoring minority-owned firms based in Detroit.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow pointed to a $10 million water deal yanked from minority-owned Lakeshore Engineering Services, which allegedly refused to give Kilpatrick’s pal Bobby Ferguson a 25 percent stake in the contract.
The $10 million deal later was rolled into an existing contract with Inland Waters, which is tied to Grosse Pointe Farms multimillionaire Tony Soave. Inland hired Ferguson’s firm to work on the contract.
Soave allegedly paid for Kilpatrick to shop in New York City and flew the mayor across the country on his private jet.
“Inland received the work. They’re not a minority-owned company, are they?” Chutkow asked water department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer.
“No,” Latimer said.