(WXYZ) - Nneka Cheeks, a cousin of Kwame Kipatrick who worked in the former Detroit mayor’s office, must repay money she’s accused of inappropriately diverting from a charitable cause, a judge has said.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Thursday that a default judgment had been entered in a civil suit against Cheeks. The ex-mayor’s cousin had been accused of misappropriating $34,524.27 in charitable funds from the Manoogian Mansion Restoration Society.
When served with a civil lawsuit, you have 21 days in which to file a response with the court. In this case, neither Cheeks nor her attorney responded.
According to Schuette’s office, “The judgment orders Cheeks to return the money, with interest, and to pay damages in the amount of triple the sum she wrongfully diverted, for a total liability of $138,866.33.”
The Michigan Attorney General's office also filed criminal charges against Cheeks in April .
The Public Integrity Unit of the Attorney General's office says that while Cheeks was employed in the Detroit Mayor's office she embezzled the money between 2007 and 2009.
“Charitable organizations are not to be used as a piggy bank for personal expenses,” Schuette said Thursday.
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