Feds: Ex-mayor made city hall a ‘profit machine’

Feds: Ex-mayor made city hall a ‘profit machine’

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick turned city hall into a “private profit machine.”

The federal court jury is hearing closing arguments today in Kilpatrick’s trial. He’s charged with 30 crimes, including bribery, conspiracy, extortion and tax violations.

U.S. prosecutors say he shook down contractors and his own political fundraiser, and that he turned a nonprofit fund into a personal slush fund. His father, Bernard, and city contractor Bobby Ferguson are also on trial.

Federal prosecutor R. Michael Bullotta says Kilpatrick spent $840,000 more than he received in income as Detroit mayor. He quit office in 2008 and later served prison time on a state obstruction of justice conviction.

Jury deliberations probably won’t start until Wednesday.

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