Bernard Kilpatrick Released To Halfway House
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The father of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been released from a federal prison in Texas to a Dallas-area halfway house following his tax crime conviction tied to a Detroit City Hall corruption probe.
The Detroit News reports Thursday that 73-year-old Bernard Kilpatrick was transferred Wednesday and is being supervised by officials in Texas.
Bernard Kilpatrick had served nearly 10 months of his 15-month sentence for submitting a false tax return by failing to disclose $180,000 in income.
A jury cleared him or couldn't reach a verdict on more serious charges during a corruption trial alongside Kwame Kilpatrick and Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson — although U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said the elder Kilpatrick was involved in acts of extortion during his son's time as mayor.
Federal inmates are allowed to spend the last six months of their sentence in a halfway house. His scheduled release is Feb. 6.
Bernard Kilpatrick sold himself as a savvy consultant who could help people cut through red tape if they wanted to bid on city business. He declared income of $1.3 million while his son was mayor and made more than $600,000 in cash deposits, according to evidence.
Kwame Kilpatrick, meantime, is serving 28 years in federal prison for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. The government claimed he raked in cash through rigged contracts and bribes.
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