Judge orders Kwame Kilpatrick pay $4.5 million in restitution for crimes against City of Detroit

DETROIT - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick owes the City of Detroit more than $4.5 million in restitution, a judge ruled today.

Kilpatrick waived his attendance at today's  hearing before Judge Nancy Edmunds. Two months ago, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption at city hall.

Kilpatrick's attorneys objected to the hefty bill, saying it wasn't  supported by enough evidence. But Edmunds disagreed, but did acknowledge that there is no precise way to tabulate how much Kilpatrick cost the city.

The ex-mayor was also ordered to pay about $195,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. He and former contractor Bobby Ferguson were convicted of bribery, extortion and other crimes.

Kilpatrick is at a federal prison in Milan in southeastern Michigan while awaiting a possible transfer to Texas to be closer to family.

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