Ferguson lawyer slings slur in Kilpatrick case

Michael Rataj

Bobby Ferguson’s lawyer slammed a controversial former Wayne County deputy executive whose business deals involving Turkia Mullin emerged amid an FBI probe of county corruption.

While talking about contract shenanigans in the Detroit water department, Ferguson lawyer Michael Rataj referenced former department director Charlie Williams.

Charlie Williams

Rataj asked water executive Darryl Latimer if he knew that Williams had a relationship with big-bucks businessman and Kwame Kilpatrick benefactor Tony Soave.

Latimer said Williams was a subcontractor on at least one deal with Soave.

“He was a minority front?” Rataj said.

“I don’t know that,” Latimer said.

A minority front is, in most local cases, a black businessman hired by a white company to win contracts in Detroit set aside for minority firms.

The minority front performs little or no work but gets paid anyway according to previous testimony.

Williams is chairman of a Soave-related firm MPS Group.

Williams is a board member of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport authority who voted to appoint Turkia Mullin as its CEO after making $420,000 weeks earlier from a land sale she helped engineer, records obtained by The Detroit News show.

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