Kilpatrick nonprofit spent $3k on golf clubs

A golf club salesman testified Tuesday he sold Nike golf clubs to Kwame Kilpatrick and was paid by the mayor’s nonprofit group.

The $3,050 set of golf clubs, purchased in September 2006 with money from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, included an embroidered bag with the words “The Mayor.”

“How would you characterize the quality?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked salesman William Scott.

“Oh, good stuff,” Scott said.

The golf clubs are the latest in a series of purchases prosecutors allege were improper. Prosecutors say Kilpatrick Civic Fund donors were defrauded because Kilpatrick spent donations on personal expenses.

Scott, who in 2006 worked at a Howell driving range, said the clubs were ordered by Kilpatrick’s golf instructor.

“Did you know whether any business would be conducted while somebody was using those golf clubs?” defense lawyer James C. Thomas asked.

“No,” Scott said.

“Do you know whether there would be fundraising with those golf clubs?” Thomas asked.

“No,” Scott said.

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