Kilpatrick demanded cash payoffs 'three or four times'

Kilpatrick at the Southfield transportation center in Detroit, MI on Friday, February 1, 2008

A bribed businessman testified Monday he hand-delivered bribes to Kwame Kilpatrick inside the mayor’s office and at Cobo Center.

The payoffs happened “three or four times,” contractor Karl Kado testified, in exchange for keeping lucrative contracts at the downtown Detroit convention center. Kado’s electrical services contract was worth as much as $11 million a year.

The cash exchanges followed a routine.

Kilpatrick would call Kado and demand cash, Kado testified.

Cobo Center

“He would say he needs money and I had four or five days to get the money,” Kado said.

Kado would either meet the mayor at City Hall or inside his office at Cobo.

“Would he come by himself?” Assistant U.S. Attorney

“No, he would come with security,” Kado said.

“How much would you give him?” Bullotta asked.

“Ten thousand, $5,000, whatever,” Kado said.

If Kado met the mayor at City Hall, he brought the cash stuffed in his pockets, according to testify.

DeDan Milton

When Kilpatrick visited Cobo, the cash would be hidden inside a paper bag, Kado said.

To arrange the meetings, Kado would call Kilpatrick’s aide, DeDan Milton.

Milton is a longtime friend and was executive assistant to Kilpatrick. He admitted taking about $16,000 in kickbacks in connection with two city land sales and was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.

Milton is expected to testify later during the trial.

 

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