Beatty's sister: Kilpatric Civic Fund cash went for camp, rent - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Beatty's sister: Kilpatric Civic Fund cash went for camp, rent

Posted: Updated:

DETROIT -- The sister of Kwame Kilpatrick's former mistress took the stand in his corruption trial Thursday. She had plenty to say about how the former mayor used money from his civic fund.

Kilpatrick's attorneys had a tough time trying to defend some of the money that the civic fund spent. We heard a lot about where the money was spent, but we still don't know where it came from.

Christine Beatty got more than $100,000. Bernard Kilpatrick got $50,000. April Edgar, who signed the checks, said she got paid, too.

Edgar, who is Christine Beatty's sister, testified that Kilpatrick's nonprofit cut checks totaling more than $320,000 for things like a family outing to the Great Wolf Lodge, the Kilpatrick kids' stay at SuperCamp and rent for the Kilpatricks' condo.

Prosecutors believe the payouts amount to fraud because contributors to the nonprofit were told it would be used to improve the lives of all Detroiters, not just friends and family of the mayor.

Defense attorneys have said throughout the trial that Kilpatrick had not been running the fund since he took office in 2002, but Edgar testified that he was the one telling her where to send the money.

An official from the Manoogian Mansion Restoration Society testified that a Kilpatrick cousin tried using a civic fund check for $10,000 to buy furniture from the Manoogian Mansion when the Kilpatricks moved out.

The official, Mary Fleming, said she sent the check back and Kilpatrick paid with a personal check.

Kilpatrick's attorney has justified most of the civic fund's spending as necessary to restore the mayor's reputation. That, in turn, would help him raise more money for the civic fund. Still, we haven't heard much that suggests Detroiters gained a lot from all that dough that passed through the civic fund.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices