Kilpatrick lawyer blames others for Civic Fund expenses

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick did not treat his nonprofit group like a personal piggy bank because other people approved personal expenses, his lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

“The Civic Fund was run by (Kilpatrick mistress) Christine Beatty, and Derrick Miller and others,” Thomas said.

Kilpatrick is charged with mail and wire fraud relating to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund.

That’s because the U.S. mail was used to pay for expenses such as resort trips out of state and solicitation letters were mailed and faxed to donors.

Thomas said the expenses, totaling almost $14,000, were a small percentage of the $1.7 million raised by the nonprofit group.

“For a person who didn’t take a salary, who…worked extremely hard but was not engaged in the acceptance or receipt of money,” Thomas said.

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