Kilpatrick faces parole-agent grilling after court

Walmart workers paraphrased a famous line from “Seinfeld” when Kwame Kilpatrick’s parole agent arrived unannounced to pick up surveillance footage showing the former mayor collecting a $2,000 wire transfer at the store.

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick

“What took you so long.”

The Walmart workers were expecting a visit from someone with a white hat and a badge ever since Kilpatrick showed up Dec. 11 at the store in Chesterfield Township — of all places, a source told The News.

That someone was Kilpatrick’s parole agent Charles Wright, who collected a copy of surveillance footage showing the former mayor pocketing part of a $2,000 “Christmas gift” from Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks.

State parole officials are probing the gift, which Kilpatrick failed to disclose as part of strict parole conditions. Kilpatrick is set to meet with his parole agent today.

Depending on the probe’s outcome, Kilpatrick could go back to the slam for two years.

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