Rules allowed charity to pay Kilpatrick kins' tuition, lawyer says

There was no specific rule barring Kwame Kilpatrick’s charity from paying for his sister’s tuition at New York University, the former mayor’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Under cross-examination, IRS Special Agent Ron Sauer said there was nothing in the Kilpatrick Civic Fund’s articles of incorporation preventing the charity from giving the ex-mayor’s sister Diarra Kilpatrick (an actress shown in the above video) a tuition check.

“A scholarship would be considered charitable?” Thomas asked the agent.

“Perhaps,” the agent said.

Prosecutors allege the tuition expense, and other personal benefits received by Kwame Kilpatrick, violated IRS tax laws and defrauded donors to the charity. The charity was set up to benefit Detroit children and the community.

The Civic Fund also spent $1,000 paying tuition for a Kilpatrick cousin at Tennessee State University.

Robert Snell
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