Feds smash portrait of a broke, victimized Kilpatrick

Bernard Kilpatrick

Bernard Kilpatrick

Bernard Kilpatrick wasn’t broke in December 2007 when he sought cash from FBI informant James Rosendall.

Prosecutors showed jurors bank records indicating Kilpatrick deposited $37,500 into his consulting firm’s bank account within days surrounding the Dec. 20, 2007, meeting with Rosendall in a parking lot.

Kilpatrick’s lawyer on Friday claimed his client was broke and being lied to by Rosendall about payments surrounding a $1.2 billion sludge-hauling deal.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta

The day after the meeting, Bernard Kilpatrick’s company received $25,000 from the Kilpatrick for Mayor campaign, according to testimony.

“If you had known that, would that have affected your feeling sorry for Bernard Kilpatrick?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked Rosendall.

“Absolutely,” Rosendall said.

Kilpatrick and his son, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, allegedly shook down Rosendall for at least $100,000 in cash, trips and entertainment in exchange for supporting the Synagro sludge deal, according to prosecutors.

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