Kilpatrick dad pocketed $605k cash during son's tenure

Bernard Kilpatrick leaves federal court Aug. 8.

Bernard Kilpatrick deposited more than $605,000 cash into his personal bank accounts during his son’s tenure as Detroit mayor.

From 2002 to 2008, the political consultant made cash deposits totaling $605,055 into his accounts, an IRS agent said Wednesday.

Bernard Kilpatrick is facing tax charges along with racketeering conspiracy and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted following the City Hall corruption trial. He is accused of extorting contractors who wanted to win or retain city deals.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta

Earlier testimony focused on Bernard Kilpatrick’s gambling habits.

“On any of his tax returns, did he declare that he won money gambling that exceeded his losses?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked the IRS agent.

“No,” the agent said.

In 2003, one year into his son’s tenure, Kilpatrick deposited $140,240 in cash into his personal accounts.

That was his most lucrative year, according to bank records.

His worst: 2008.

That’s the year Kwame Kilpatrick resigned amid the text-message scandal.

In 2008, Bernard Kilpatrick deposited $23,900 in cash.

An Ecorse firm, National Media Inc., paid Bernard Kilpatrick $134,000 for consulting work between 2006 and 2008.

The principal of National Media is Bernard Kilpatrick’s pal, former Detroit Pistons guard Archie Clark, according to testimony.

Earlier testimony showed Kilpatrick tried to include Clark in a Cobo Center deal with businessman Karl Kado.

“Is it fair to say for any of those years, you have no personal knowledge of what the source of the cash was that went into his accounts,” Kilpatrick lawyer John Shea asked.

“That’s correct,” the IRS agent said.

“There’s nothing on the dollar bills themselves that say where they’re from,” Shea said.

“All I saw was the deposit slips,” the agent said.

“I am not suggesting the $605,000 is all gambling winnings, but you don’t know to what extent it represents Karl Kado money or birthday gifts or gambling winnings or lottery winnings,” Shea asked.

“Correct,” the IRS agent said.

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