Kilpatrick dad ran up $85k lottery bill, witness claims

Bernard Kilpatrick

Bernard Kilpatrick, who allegedly received at least $250,000 in bribes from a Cobo center contractor, ran up an $85,000 bill playing the lottery at a store owned by the contractor’s brother, according to testimony.

Kilpatrick ran up the bill playing at a store owned by Cobo contractor Karl Kado’s brother.

Kilpatrick lawyer John Shea mentioned the debt in a bid to highlight inconsistencies between Kado’s testimony and an earlier interview with a federal agent.

“On March 2008, you mention that Bernard Kilpatrick ran up an $80,000 lottery bill to your brother,” Shea said.

“$85,000,” Kado corrected.

Kado said he was forced to pay off the debt for Kilpatrick, father of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, rung up at Kado’s brother’s store.

Shea showed Kado a summary of an interview the contractor gave to a federal agent in which he said the debt was $20,000.

Kado insisted Tuesday that was on top of the $85,000 lottery debt.

Kado’s brother repaid Karl Kado but Kilpatrick did not, Kado testified.

Before wrapping up his cross-examination, Shea attacked a central allegation that Bernard Kilpatrick strong-armed contractors seeking business with the city.

“Isn’t it true that…from 2002 on, Bernard Kilpatrick never said to you ‘you got to pay me. If you don’t pay me, you won’t get a contract.'”

“No,” Kado said.

“Or that he would see that your contract gets canceled?” Shea asked.

“No,” Kado said.

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