Arrest Warrant Signed for Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick

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BY BEN SCHMITT and JOE SWICKARD
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner signed an arrest warrant for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick this afternoon for failing to make a $79,011 court-ordered restitution payment stemming from his criminal case along with additional allegations that he failed to give a “complete and accurate accounting” of his wife’s finances.

 
The warrant also alleges that Kilpatrick failed to surrender all his tax refunds and did not account for all his gifts and benefits, including the $240,000 lent to him by various business leaders, including Peter Karmanos, Roger Penske, Dan Gilbert and Jim Nicholson.

The warrant was requested by the state Department of Corrections and Kilpatrick’s probation officer.

Download: Kwame Kilpatrick Bench Warrant

Additionally, the warrant says Kilpatrick did not turn over his state and city pension, as required by his 2008 plea agreement.

It also says Kilpatrick did not forfeit a $7,500 bond in a March 10, 2009, order and he didn’t turn over all of his political funds as directed in an Oct. 28, 2008, order.

Once signed, a bench warrant would authorize any peace officer to arrest Kilpatrick. However, he is expected to surrender on the warrant Friday morning in Groner’s courtroom.

The warrant request today is signed by probation officer Brett D. Roach.

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