Mistress scorecard: Ferguson 2, Kilpatrick 1

Bobby Ferguson outside federal court.

Two Bobby Ferguson girlfriends have made cameos in the City Hall corruption case so far, outpacing the number of Kwame Kilpatrick’s mistresses referenced during the trial.

Today, Ferguson’s lawyer showed jurors an email from a woman named LaCresha Ware. She was a Ferguson employee and the email referenced a Detroit construction project.

Fergusons lawyer never mentioned Ware also allegedly was Ferguson’s girlfriend.

The FBI wasn’t as bashful in November 2011, when an agent applied for a search warrant to seize cash and equipment belonging to Ferguson.

The warrant, unsealed in March, alleged Ferguson obtained more than $58.5 million by extorting contractors and through other illegal conduct.

He allegedly spent a fraction of the money on his kids’ college education, his girlfriend and construction equipment.

The Detroit News broke the story about the seizures in March and alleged extortion of Lakeshore Engineering Services.

According to an FBI search warrant affidavit obtained by The News:

Some of the money Ferguson got from Lakeshore was used to buy a $60,000 cashier’s check in January 2011. That’s one month after Ferguson and Kilpatrick were indicted in federal court.

The $60,000 check was payable to a Ferguson employee who doubled as his girlfriend, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend was LaCresha Ware, also known as LaCresha Borgus.

Renee Newsome, left, and sister Darlene Johnson, right.

“How’s that relevant?” Ferguson lawyer Gerald Evelyn told The News in March. “This thing’s really gotten ridiculous. The government says that’s his girlfriend? That’s the government’s allegation.”

Last month, Ferguson’s former girlfriend Renee Newsome testified she helped Ferguson pour thousands of dollars into Kilpatrick’s campaign coffers through illegal straw donors and was asked to lie about it to federal investigators.

Jurors, meanwhile, have heard several references to Kilpatrick’s mistress and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.

No indicate yet, whether jurors will hear about another Kilpatrick fling with fired police department monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood which the former mayor famously described as “”an intimate session one night in a hotel.”

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