Rough day for poor multimillionaire Grosse Pointe Farms businessman Tony Soave on Monday. First, thieves steal an armored truck with $2 million inside that was fixing an ATM owned by a Soave-related firm. Then, he gets reputation-jacked during the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial.
Kilpatrick’s former bodyguards fingered Soave as the businessman who allegedly let Kilpatrick and his posse fly for free on his private jet to Bermuda and New York City. Testimony also showed Soave lavished the former mayor and his mistress Christine Beatty with a luxurious NYC shopping spree.
Kilpatrick’s co-defendant, former Detroit water boss Victor Mercado, earlier said Soave bribed the mayor $10,000 worth of courtside Detroit Pistons tickets and helped Ms. Do You Know Who the —- I Am lease a Land Rover.
Soave, whose company got millions in water department work and hired one of contractor Bobby Ferguson’s firms as a subcontractor, says he was extorted.
A Soave Enterprises spokesman issued the following release Monday:
“At approximately 7:15 a.m. this morning an armored vehicle servicing Strong Steel Products was robbed at gunpoint. Fortunately no one was injured in this incident and law enforcement were quick to arrive on the scene. We would like to thank the Detroit Police Department and FBI for their rapid response, and we are working with them to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we will not be making any further statements at this time. Any further questions will be referred to the Detroit Police Department.”