The Kilpatrick family asked for donations for the house after the birth of their son
In announcing the birth of their son Kyng Malachi Kilpatrick, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his wife, LaTicia McGee, asked their followers for donations for a home in Orlando, Florida, according to a June 27 report in Deadline. Detroit.
The couple have asked for donations in installments of up to $8,000, Detroit told Deadline. The overall fundraising goal for the house was $800,000, Fox 2 reported the next day.
Sunday’s fundraising post on plumfund.com appears to have changed since those reports. The post no longer includes wishlist items, such as home donations, or donation amounts.
Fox 2 interviewed former Assistant US Attorney Anjali Prasad, who now heads Bloomfield Township’s Prasad Legal PLLC. Prasad told the station that the federal government would seek the donations for a house because Kilpatrick still owes restitution to the city and the Internal Revenue Service.
Kilpatrick was released from federal prison in January last year after then-President Donald Trump commuted his 28-year sentence, tied for the longest in US history for a public servant corrupt. Kilpatrick had served seven years of 24 felony convictions based on prosecutors’ charges that he participated in a racketeering scheme operated out of Detroit City Hall.
Although his sentence was shortened, Kilpatrick still owed $1.5 million to the city and $195,000 to the IRS at the time of his release.
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Kilpatrick announced Kyng’s arrival on his Instagram page on May 12, telling fans that Kyng and LaTicia were doing great after the birth. Kyng was delivered 22 days early. The couple hosted a virtual baby shower on June 14.
The family lives in Georgia, although Kilpatrick occasionally returns to Michigan. He has delivered sermons at the historic Little Rock Baptist Church and he and LaTicia were married at the church last summer. He also visited the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac.
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The FBI said Kilpatrick and entrepreneur Bobby Ferguson set up a pay-as-you-go scheme in which the then-mayor ‘extorted city vendors, rigged bids and took bribes’ , the agency said in an online summary of the case.
The agency said the couple secured more than $500,000 from the State of Michigan and private donors for organizations they controlled, then spent the money on luxury vacations, spa treatments and clubs golf instead of community programs.