DETROIT (WXYZ) - Bobby Ferguson’s ex-wife and daughters want Ferguson’s money, house, and construction equipment returned to them.
Marilyn Ferguson and three of her daughters appeared in federal court Wednesday.
As the feds closed in on former Detroit city contractor Bobby Ferguson, they seized millions of dollars worth of construction equipment and loads of cash.
In 2013, a jury convicted Ferguson of racketeering, bribery, and extortion, along with his friend ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. They’re both now serving decades in federal prison.
As part of the RICO case, Ferguson forfeited his rights to the family house in Rosedale Park, several pieces of equipment from Ferguson Enterprises, and a half million dollars in cash.
Now Marilyn Ferguson and 3 of his daughters are asking a federal judge to give back the cash and the proceeds from the sale of the construction equipment.
“Anybody who has an ownership interest in an asset that’s being seized by the government for any reason should be allowed to adjudicate their right. That’s a basic right that all property owners have,” said attorney Jorin Rubin, who represents Ferguson’s three daughters: Brandy, Brittany and Bianca.
The Ferguson family is also asking to stay in their home. Todd Perkins is representing Marilyn Ferguson, who recently divorced Bobby.
“The government hasn’t taken any position to remove them from the home. They are presently in the home, and particularly with my client, it’s my job to keep her in the home,” said Perkins.
In their claims that were filed in federal court, the daughters say they’ve lived in the home for more than 15 years, and argue that several of the cashier’s checks the feds seized from Ferguson were actually made out to the girls.
But the judge won’t be making any decisions until at least November.
The home at stake here was the marital home, so lawyers say Marilyn Ferguson does have a right to the property.
The federal prosecutor mentioned in court that there has been some talk of a settlement regarding the home.
Both sides have three months before their next court date to start sorting out the home and the rest of the assets.