Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has had trouble earning money because of his legal troubles, officials said. His mother, ex-Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, left, has paid his $500 monthly restitution bill. / 2005 photo by AMY LEANG/DETROIT FREE PRESS
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Kilpatrick, officials said, has had trouble earning money in recent months for two reasons: One, he's on trial in federal court in Detroit on allegations of public corruption; two, he's got a tether on his ankle for a parole violation and can't leave the state. Still, he managed to get his restitution payment in on time this month, thanks to his mother, former Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, who made the payment Wednesday.
Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said that Kwame Kilpatrick disclosed to his parole officer that it was his mother who made the payment.
"Obviously, there is some interest by his parole officer to where the money comes from," said Marlan, noting the state isn't cutting Kilpatrick any breaks on his restitution. "He has had some discussions with his parole officer about not being able to make the payment. ... But his parole officer has required him to make the payments."
Kilpatrick still owes more than $854,000 to the city as part of a settlement he reached during the text-message scandal. He went to jail for a weekend last month for failing to disclose to state officials almost $6,000 in gifts, including a $2,000 cash wire transfer he received from a pastor in Chicago.
Source: Detroit Free Press | Tresa Baldas