Watch CBS News

Kilpatrick Era Detroit Treasurer Gets 11 Years In Prison For Corruption

DETROIT (AP/WWJ) - The city of Detroit's former treasurer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison in a case related to years of pay-to-play corruption under then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Jeffrey Beasley, who was Kilpatrick's college fraternity brother, apologized Monday but says he didn't extort anyone while serving as a trustee at Detroit's pension funds. He was convicted in December, along with two other officials in a scheme to take cash in exchange for approving certain pension fund investments.

Beasley, who was convicted of extortion and bribery, faces the third-longest sentence in the government's investigation of city hall corruption.

Nearly 40 people have been convicted, including another Kilpatrick pal, contractor Bobby Ferguson, who is serving a 21-year term.

Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year sentence at a federal prison in Oklahoma after his 2013 conviction on two dozen counts, from tax evasion to bribery. A jury found that he rigged contracts, took bribes and committed other corrupt acts.

An appeals court last month upheld Kilpatrick's conviction and sentence after his attorney sought an appeal citing a conflict involving Kilpatrick's attorneys and other reasons. He quit the mayor's office in 2008 during a different scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair.

TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.