Kilpatrick charity paid $50k to mayor's dad and summer camp bills

Kwame Kilpatrick’s charity paid $50,000 to Bernard Kilpatrick’s consulting firm and $4,500 to send the mayor’s two sons and a son of indicted ex-Treasurer Jeff Beasley to summer camp.

The expenses were one of several revealed in federal court as prosecutors try to prove the mayor spent charity money on personal expenses.

Bernard Kilpatrick

Early on, prosecutors focused on $50,000 paid to the Maestro & Associates, the consulting firm of the mayor’s father Bernard Kilpatrick.

“Why did you write this check?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked former Kilpatrick aide April Edgar.

“The mayor told me to,” Edgar said.

“Why?” the prosecutor asked.

“I never questioned what they were for,” Edgar said.

A $20,000 check to Bernard Kilpatrick’s firm was dated Oct. 29, 2008.  That’s one day after Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty and agreed to spent 120 days in the Wayne County Jail.

By that time, Kilpatrick had resigned as mayor.

The order to write the check came from Kilpatrick’s sister, Ayanna Kilpatrick Ferguson, the aide said.

“When the mayor went to jail, Ayanna took over and told me to write the checks,” Edgar testified.

“Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing these checks?” Bullotta asked.

“Toward the end I did,” Edgar said.

Edgar testified she signed a check in April 2008 for Super Camp. That $4,500 check paid for summer camp for the kids.

Beasley was indicted in connection with a separate corruption case involving a Detroit pension fund. He is awaiting trial.

Edgar also testified about several hotel bills paid for by the Civic Fund. Interestingly, she revealed Kilpatrick used aliases when he stayed at a Texas resort in April 2008.

One alias was Kevin Kitchen. His wife Carlita Kilpatrick used Carla Kitchen.

“I’d use anonymous names for the mayor because of the media and the text-message scandal,” Edgar said. “It was the mayor’s idea.”

Edgar added to testimony Wednesday about Kilpatrick’s jet-setting lifestyle bankrolled by the charity.

Edgar testified about a trip to the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Texas in April 2008.

Bills show Kilpatrick and his wife stayed at the $250-a-night hotel and spent $215 at the salon on manicure and deep-tissue massage.

The charity also paid for hotel bills for Bernard Kilpatrick and indicted contractor Bobby Ferguson, according to testimony.

The charity also paid more than $65,000 to crisis PR guru Judy Smith, according to testimony. She was hired to handle fallout from the text-message scandal.

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