Kilpatrick nonprofit paid for family condo

A realtor testified Kwame Kilpatrick’s nonprofit group spent $12,800 leasing a luxury condominium for the ex-mayor’s family after he resigned in fall 2008.

Aaliyah Salaam said she showed the mayor and his family a Riverfront Towers apartment before the family leased a condominium in The Park Shelton building in Midtown in September 2008.

The six-month lease cost $17,500.

Three Kilpatrick Civic Fund checks paid for part of the rental and security deposit, Salaam testified. Kilpatrick paid $4,700 from his personal account in September 2008.

“Did you have any idea what the Civic Fund was?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Doeh asked the realtor.

“No,” she said.

Kilpatrick leased the condo before he was sentenced to four months in the Wayne County Jail on obstruction of justice charges.

“He wanted interim housing because he was going away, and he wanted his family close,” she said.

“Going away. That’s a euphemism,” Kilpatrick lawyer James C. Thomas told her minutes later. “He was going to jail.”

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