IRS wants financial documents from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, wife Carlita

Posted at 6:35 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 18:35:22-04

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his wife Carlita are doing battle in civil court with the Internal Revenue Service.

The feds are seeking financial documents dating back to 1992 and up to 2008 when Kilpatrick resigned as Detroit mayor.  

In 2013 he was convicted in the city hall corruption case and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. He is not eligible for parole until 2037.

The IRS wants:

  • Financial records from 2003 to 2008 including bank statements, deposits and canceled checks.
  • Records of anybody who donated money to the Kilpatricks from 1992 to 2008.
  • Records on the sale of two homes they owned in Detroit on Santa Rosa and Leslie.

Wayne State University Law Professor Peter Henning says this is an indication that the IRS wants to figure out if the Kilpatricks owe any back taxes.

Attorney Harold Gurewitz has moved to quash the summons on behalf of the Kilpatricks on the basis that the IRS may already have the documents. Kilpatrick's convictions include tax evasion. Also, some of the documents may fall under attorney client privilege. 

The IRS issued a similar summons last year then backed off of the request.