DETROIT — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick must pay $4.5 million to the water department, a conservative estimate of the profits enjoyed by a contractor who got excavation work through corruption at city hall, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The restitution order is one of the last acts in Kilpatrick’s case. In October, he was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes during his years in office.
It’s unlikely that the city will get much from Kilpatrick in the short term. He was broke before the trial and qualified for attorneys at public expense. He still owes Detroit more than $800,000 in a separate criminal case that forced him out of office in 2008.
Much of the federal trial centered on water department contracts given to Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson. Prosecutors acknowledged that Ferguson performed some work but said the contracting process nonetheless was spoiled by corruption.
Kilpatrick was convicted of conspiring to give city business to Ferguson and getting a share of the spoils.