State probe of Kilpatrick uncovers more hidden cash

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick has identified more secret donors who gave him $6,700 in cash gifts, money that was hidden from parole officials and not applied toward the $854,000 in restitution owed to Detroit.

Conrad Mallett Jr.

Conrad Mallett Jr.

Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Conrad Mallett Jr. gave $1,000 and Kilpatrick’s mother, ex-Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, gave $5,000, according to emails obtained by The News through the Freedom of Information Act.

Mallett is a long-time Kilpatrick friend and former aide who is running Mike Duggan’s campaign for Detroit mayor.

The previously undisclosed gifts bring to a total of $10,750 that was hidden from parole officials. A state probe of Kilpatrick’s finances continues and it is unclear whether the newly disclosed cash gifts will lead to additional punishment.

“It’s perfectly clear: He was required to disclose it,” Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The News on Thursday. “Any income, including gifts.”

Kilpatrick was jailed briefly last month, ordered to wear an ankle tether, placed under house arrest and barred from traveling home to Texas during breaks in the City Hall corruption trial after failing to disclose cash gifts.

Kilpatrick tried to justify hiding the money, saying he received the gifts while his parole was being supervised by Texas officials.

Not true, Marlan said.

The cash gifts are outlined in emails Kilpatrick sent this month to his parole agent, Charles Wright (dubbed “C-Wright” by Kilpatrick), who is investigating whether the former mayor committed other parole violations.

Kilpatrick told Wright that the former Supreme Court justice gave a $1,000 check. The money was for Kilpatrick’s three children, according to a Feb. 6 email.

Kilpatrick couldn’t remember when he got the check but it was before Sept. 1.

Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Mallett’s name surfaced during the City Hall corruption trial. He stepped down as Detroit’s chief operating officer during Kilpatrick’s tenure as mayor in April 2002.

Kilpatrick also said he has received $5,000 from his mom since August 2011. Some of the money was spent paying restitution and on flights between Texas and Detroit, according to the emails.

Until last month, Kilpatrick was flying home on weekend breaks using Buddy Passes on Delta Air Lines.

The passes let him fly for free. All he had to pay was $197 tax, according to the emails.

It’s unclear from the emails whether the tax is per flight or round trip.

There were other newly disclosed cash gifts.

Kilpatrick said a woman named Karen Anderson wired $500 sometime before September. The money was for his wife and children, according to the emails.

A man named Greg Jones, meanwhile, wired $200 late last year, Kilpatrick said. The money allegedly was a birthday gift for the former mayor’s twins, Jalil and Jelani.

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