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Rut roh Kwame. From CNN...

 

Former Detroit mayor in court -- again

By the CNN Wire Staff

 

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Former mayor to be in federal court Tuesday

  • Kilpatrick is accused of felony fraud and tax charges

  • Kilpatrick is already in jail for probation violation on another charge

 

 

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(CNN) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's legal woes continue Tuesday afternoon when he is to be arraigned in federal court on 19 counts of felony fraud and tax charges.

The charges that could put Kilpatrick in prison for 20 years, prosecutors said.

The former mayor is accused of using the Kilpatrick Civic Fund -- a tax-exempt fund meant to pay for voter education -- to make cash payments to himself, his family and friends.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme in which Kilpatrick used donations to the fund to pay for such personal expenses as yoga and golf lessons, and campaign expenses in his 2001 and 2005 bids for mayor, according to the indictment.

Kilpatrick had claimed the fund would go toward community services and voter registration information, the indictment says.

Tuesday's case adds to the legal problems for the one-time rising star in Democratic Party.

Kilpatrickis currently serving a maximum five-year sentence in prison for violating probation in a 2008 case against him. That case involved two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from Kilpatrick's efforts to cover up an extramarital affair.

He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case.

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View PostRut roh Kwame. From CNN...

 

Former Detroit mayor in court -- again

 

 

"The former mayor is accused of using the Kilpatrick Civic Fund -- a tax-exempt fund meant to pay for voter education -- to make cash payments to himself, his family and friends."

 

The Kilpatrick Civic Fund achieved its objective: It educated voters about corrupt politicians.

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