The first thing Bobby Ferguson’s nonprofit group did after getting a $250,000 state grant was give a $100,000 cut to Carlita Kilpatrick.
An IRS special agent testified Kilpatrick’s company U.N.I.T.E. received the $100,000 wire transfer in December 2000. That was two months after Ferguson’s group received the grant money, which was steered to it by then-state Rep. Kwame Kilpatrick.
Prosecutors allege Ferguson’s group Detroit Three Dimensional Community Development Corp. misspent state grant money meant to aid seniors and needy children.
In all, Carlita Kilpatrick received $137,500 in state grant cash, prosecutors allege. Her husband pressed state officials to award $800,000 in grant money to Ferguson’s nonprofit and a group run by his pastor, Bishop Edgar Vann.