Kilpatrick mistress, wife lived high on charity's dime, feds say

Kwame and Carlita Kilpatrick check in with their three sons at the American Airlines ticket counter at Detroit Metro on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. (Velvet S. McNeil / The Detroit News)

Kwame Kilpatrick’s mistress wasn’t the only person wined and dined on the mayor’s charity’s dime. Kilpatrick took his wife and kids on an expensive trip, too.

The Kilpatrick Civic Fund spent more than $8,600 for a trip to a California resort for Kilpatrick’s family in August 2006, according to testimony Wednesday.

The charity paid for a weeklong stay at the $625-a-night La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The family stayed in two rooms.

Kilpatrick and his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, also billed the charity for pedicures, manicures and massages.

Prosecutors allege the trips and personal expenses violated IRS laws and defrauded donors who gave money to a charity set up to benefit children of Detroit and the community.

On the mayor’s official calendar, seized by investigators, Kilpatrick’s stay in California is listed as a “family trip.”

Here’s the resort:

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