Early testimony today focused on $250,000 in state funding given to a nonprofit group headed by Kwame Kilpatrick’s close friend and co-defendant, Bobby Ferguson.
The state money was part of a $500,000 state grant Kilpatrick is accused of steering to his pal. Ferguson gave $100,000 to Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, and spent another $100,000 making over his Detroit offices, prosecutors allege.
In 2001, Ferguson tried to obtain the second $250,000.
The state balked, state budget official Lisa Shoemaker testified Friday. The state replied to Ferguson’s wife, saying the nonprofit group Detroit 3D spent the money improperly and failed to document the expenses.
“We were concerned,” Shoemaker testified. “We had difficulty discerning why a dwelling was purchased and exactly how that would help seniors.”
It’s not clear which building was purchased. Here’s what Ferguson’s house looks like.