Federal prosecutors show off stacks of cash as they wind down their case in Kilpatrick trial
6:09 PM, Jan 28, 2013
9:00 PM, Jan 28, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - As federal prosecutors prepare to rest their case against Detroit's former mayor – they showed the jury pictures of stacks of cash seized from Kwame Kilpatrick's friend.
The feds raided several locations associated with Bobby Ferguson – and seized about $2.3 million from various safes.
Federal agents showed the jury in the Kilpatrick Corruption Trial several photographs of stacks and stacks of cash they seized from Bobby Ferguson's businesses and homes.
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and Ferguson are on trial, accused of running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.
An FBI special agent and an Environmental Protection Agency investigator both testified they found about $2.3 million in cash, cashiers checks and certificates of deposit concealed in various safes.
Ferguson defense lawyer Mike Rataj challenged FBI agent Gwen Rosenthal– getting her to agree that it's not illegal to store cash. Rataj also got her to say that after the FBI started asking for records from Ferguson's various banks, such as First Independence Bank, some of the banks closed Ferguson's accounts.
Rataj suggested, "when the banks won't take your money, a safe is a good place" to keep it, and that Ferguson needed cash on a regular basis to run his companies.
Meanwhile, EPA Agent Carol Paszkiewicz showed several charts to the jury about Ferguson's revenues from city contracts he received during the six years Kwame Kilpatrick ran the city.
All told, Ferguson's businesses had nearly $125 million in revenues and -- of the city contracts that are part of the federal racketeering case – the revenues were nearly $84 Million.
But Rataj questioned those numbers -- pushing Paszkiewicz to admit she did not include any costs or expenses in the totals – just gross revenues.
"I'm not going to comment on the evidence… You know we have an order from the judge you heard the questions and you heard the answers, and the only people that it really matters to is what the jury believes – and that's it," said Rataj.
Tomorrow federal prosecutors are expected to play some recorded phone calls of Kwame Kilpatrick from the jail... so one of the last things the jury could hear from the prosecutions case in chief will be Kwame Kilpatrick in his own words.
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