'I am like hostage' bribed businessman says

Bernard Kilpatrick

A Cobo Center contractor who allegedly paid at least $360,000 to Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and aide Derrick Miller said he was held hostage by demands for cash.

Karl Kado testified was fed up by June 2005 after giving the mayor and his father thousands of dollars in cash.

He allegedly gave Bernard Kilpatrick $100,000 — a goodbye gift of sorts.

“I said ‘take it for the re-election, to help the mayor get elected,'” Kado testified. “I said ‘this is the last time you will see me. I’m tired of this.'”

Another time, Kado said he gave $10,000 to Kwame Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller, who was traveling to Europe for an auto show.

“He wouldn’t take a check. It was another extortion. I had no choice but to give him money,” Kado said. “I am like hostage. I am a hostage at Cobo.”

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