Kwame Kilpatrick, The Controversial Ex-Detroit Mayor, Opens A New Business
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Kwame Kilpatrick, The Controversial Ex-Detroit Mayor, Opens A New Business

Kwame Kilpatrick has a new job — and Detroit may have a new infusion of capital.

According to Deadline, the disgraced politician has now started a new business: virtual ministries. 

“It’s a virtual ministry,” Kilpatrick told Deadline, “so we’ll be everywhere.”

While everyone needs a hustle — and good for him for finding his — that hustle is going to cost him quite dearly. As an end result of his crimes, Kwame Kilpatrick still owes more than $4.7 million to the city of Detroit, and to the IRS. He also only served seven years of a 28-year sentence thanks to former President Donald Trump commuting his sentence. Though Trump commuted Kilpatrick’s sentence, which got him out of prison early, he didn’t commute what he owed to the city and to the IRS.

“I think the citizens of the city of Detroit, especially the water department and the taxes, the IRS, and anybody else that is owed money from Kwame Kilpatrick would love to see him start a business,” said legal analyst Charlie Langton to WWJ Radio in Detroit. “Because when President Trump commuted the sentence of Kwame Kilpatrick, he only commuted the sentence, the prison part of it. But the president, the former president, kept in place the restitution, the amount that he owes.”

What did Kwame Kilpatrick do?

Kwame Kilpatrick started having problems around the time of the so-called “Manoogian Mansion Party” in the fall of 2002. As with most mansion parties, Kilpatrick and his fellow partygoers invited dancers to the party — and all was going well until Kilpatrick’s wife came home and physically attacked a dancer. An investigation was launched, and Michigan Attorney General Cox and the Michigan State Police found no evidence that the party took place.

Then, two Internal Affairs officers — Harold C. Nelthrope and Gary Brown — claimed they were fired in retaliation. They successfully sued the city and were the subjects of a smear campaign headed by Kilpatrick’s team.

Then, according to Click on Detroit, the dancer was killed.

Things continued getting messy for Kwame Kilpatrick — all thanks to this mansion party — and he was ultimately charged with perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice.

In September 2008, Kilpatrick pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and pleaded no contest to assaulting the deputy. As part of the plea agreement, he agreed to serve four months in the Wayne County Jail, pay one million dollars of restitution to the city of Detroit, surrender his license to practice law, five years probation, and not run for public office during his probation period. He also was required to resign as mayor of Detroit and surrender his state pension from his six years’ service in the Michigan House of Representatives before being elected mayor. Kilpatrick admitted that he lied under oath several times.

On Jan. 20, 2021, Donald Trump commuted Kilpatrick’s sentence. According to the press release, the move was supported by Diamond and Silk & Pastor Paula White.