Bernard Kilpatrick, Father of Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Begins Federal Prison Term


Bernard Kilpatrick, father of ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, reported to a Seagoville, Texas federal corrections facility where he will serve a 15-month sentence for tax fraud as inmate #45341-039.

According to information released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the 72-year-old has begun the prison stint he received following his March 8 conviction on one of four charges filed against him.

“On February 15, 2012, Bernard Kilpatrick was charged in a Fourth Superseding Indictment with participating in a racketeering conspiracy, attempted interference with interstate commerce by extortion, and subscribing false tax returns,” U.S. attorney Barbara L. McQuade stated in court documents. “Trial commenced on September 6, 2012. On March 8, 2013, the defendant was found guilty by a jury of Count 38, subscribing false tax returns.”

The elder Kilpatrick under-reported his income by $180,000, according to court documents, by deliberately hiding money from his tax preparers in 2005.

“In his 72 years, this tax conviction represents not just his first and only conviction, but this case represents the first and only time he ever has faced criminal charges,” said Kilpatrick’s attorney, John A. Shea.

Kilpatrick first became involved with his son’s sordid affairs when he created Maestro Consulting LLC, a company meant to help businesses get contracts with the city his son was serving as mayor.

During this time, authorities allege that Kilpatrick took several hundred thousand dollars from numerous companies in exchange for his help in securing city business. Government officials allege at least $100,000 of these illicit funds were provided in cash in June of 2005.

Aside from his prison sentence, Kilpatrick will also have to pay back a restitution of $62,212.24, the amount that government officials proved he failed to pay in taxes in 2005. He will also be under one year of court supervision.

Kwame Kilpatrick faced 28 years in federal prison following his March conviction on 24 different counts of extortion, mail fraud, tax violations and racketeering. Court documents show that Kwame Kilpatrick used his title as Mayor of Detroit to oversee a web of racketeering activities including extortion, bribery, mail and tax fraud.

Bernard Kilpatrick’s time behind bars is scheduled to conclude on Feb. 6, 2015.

Bernard Kilpatrick, Father of Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Begins Federal Prison Term

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