The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a civil suit against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for accepting lavish gifts from a pension fund broker.

The complaint filed May 9 by the federal regulatory agency in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan says that Kilpatrick and Jeffrey Beasley, the former Detroit treasurer, took over $125,000 worth of gifts from Chauncey Mayfield and his company, Mayfield Gentry Realty Advisors (MGRA), while MGRA was trying to get $115 million worth of investments from trustees of the funds. Those trustees included Kilpatrick and Beasley.

Among the gifts received were tickets to a Prince concert, airline tickets to Las Vegas, hotel rooms and limousines. The trip to Las Vegas was especially egregious as Kilpatrick and his entourage ran up a $60,000 bill that MGRA was left to pay.

“This trip cost MGRA more than $60,000 and included three rounds of golf, VIP hotel rooms at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, tickets to performances by singers Toni Braxton and Prince, and massages at the Canyon Ranch Spa,” the complaint says.

The SEC is seeking restitution and fines against the two men. If found liable, incarceration is not a penalty.

Kilpatrick is going to have to pay for his own defense this time. Because the SEC action is a civil suit, Kilpatrick does not have access to a court-appointed attorney.
“There is no constitutional right to legal representation for a plaintiff in a civil action that parallels the right of a criminal defendant,” court administrator David Weaver of the U.S. District Court in Detroit told the Detroit Free Press.

Kilpatrick resigned as Detroit’s mayor in 2008 after a failed cover-up of an affair exposed a laundry list of wrong-doing including extortion, bribery and racketeering. He’s still awaiting trial for those charges.

He’s already served nearly a year and a half in prison for assaulting a police officer and violating probation.

Attorney’s for both men declined comment.