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Judge Adds To Money Owed By Imprisoned Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick

August 02, 2018 - 11:40 am

 DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The amount of money owed by imprisoned former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is growing.

The Detroit News reports U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Wednesday ordered the Kilpatrick to pay more than $550,000 to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, raising his debts from taxes, criminal cases and other matters to more than $11.5 million.

The SEC said in a civil case that Kilpatrick, 48, was part of a scheme to strong-arm a city pension fund businessman for private flights, concert tickets and other perks.

Kilpatrick first was elected mayor in 2001. Once a popular young politician, he resigned from office in 2008 after pleading guilty to perjury in a sex and text messaging case involving his Chief of Staff. In October of 2013, he was ordered to spend 28 years behind bars on convictions for racketeering, bribery, extortion and tax crimes in connection with corruption during his years in office -- and pay millions of dollars in restitution.

The ex-mayor -- who's sought a pardon or clemency from President Donald Trump without any luck -- in June posted an impassioned plea for his own release online, complaining that he's been treated "like a wild animal" and hasn't been allowed to watch his children grow.

"I have missed important moments in my sons lives; puberty, graduations, college entrance, basketball and football games, awards, and even the most important moments when they need their father’s counsel, presence and love," Kilpatrick wrote. 

He asked in April for the judgment to be set aside, having cited alleged errors by the court including incorrect jury instructions and  “impermissible hearsay” testimony allowed by the judge. 

Kilpatrick, who is currently lodged at a federal detention center in Philadelphia, said he believes most Detroiters have forgiven him. His release date is Aug. 1, 2037.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.