Kilpatrick pastor controlled nonprofit that funneled cash to First Lady

The nonprofit group that used state grant money to hire Carlita Kilpatrick was controlled by Kwame Kilpatrick’s pastor.

Bishop Edgar Vann heads the nonprofit group Vanguard Community Development Corp., according to tax filings. Vann is a bishop at the Kilpatrick’s former church Second Ebenezer in Detroit.

The nonprofit received $150,000 in grant money after Kwame Kilpatrick made a request to state officials in 2000, according to the indictment.

The nonprofit group gave $37,500 to Carlita Kilpatrick’s company U.N.I.T.E. The money was to provide peer mediation services to kids — but she never did the work, prosecutors allege.

By April 2002, U.N.I.T.E. had received $137,500. Carlita Kilpatrick got $91,000 and the couple used most of the balance for personal expenses, prosecutors allege.

Vanguard is referred to as Nonprofit V in the indictment. Vann was an avid supporter of the ex-mayor until August 2008 as the text-message scandal intensified. That month, Vann said Kilpatrick should resign.

Kilpatrick stepped down in September 2008.

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