Star witness tumbles from high-rolling Kilpatrick days

Derrick Miller, left, outside federal court with lawyer Byron Pitts.

Derrick Miller, left, outside federal court with lawyer Byron Pitts.

Derrick Miller’s been living a country song in recent years.

Foreclosure, lawsuits,  tax debt, you name it.

His financial and personal problems are a steep fall from Kilpatrick’s two terms in office, when Miller was the mayor’s most trusted adviser and allegedly splitting $115,000 in kickbacks with Kilpatrick.

Back in Kilpatrick’s heyday, Miller lived in this Indian Village beauty on Burns Street.

Miller's former Indian Village home.

Miller’s former Indian Village home.

Miller bought it for $390,000 during Kilpatrick’s first term in 2002, the start of Kwamelot. The county launched forfeiture proceedings against the property in April, according to Wayne County property records.

Miller has since moved to Falls Church, Va., and is living in this apartment building.

Like fellow Kilpatrick insider Christine Beatty, Miller has run into financial problems in recent years.

On Dec. 9, 2010, the state of Michigan filed a $9,952 tax lien against Miller. Wayne State University and others have won civil judgments against Miller for more than $7,000, according to public records.

Miller faces up to 10 years in prison and a $200,000 fine after pleading guilty to bribery and tax charges.

Prosecutors have agreed to ask for less prison time if Miller provides substantial help. If not, they will push for 10 years.

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