Businessman: Ex-Detroit Mayor Got Free Flights

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“He was a troubling contractor for us. He wanted more work, more money, more things all the time. … I mentioned to the mayor, ‘Is Bobby Ferguson still your guy? He said, ‘Yes, he’s still my guy,'” Soave said.

When Ferguson, who had an excavating business, proposed they become 50-50 partners on future public projects, Soave said he rejected the idea with a four-letter expletive. Defense attorneys will get a chance to cross-examine him Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, an Internal Revenue Service agent said Bernard Kilpatrick deposited $605,000 in cash in his bank account while his son was mayor. Bernard Kilpatrick is accused of shaking down businesses that wanted deals from the city.

Agent Rowena Schuch conceded that she didn’t know the specific source of his cash. Defense attorney John Shea said the elder Kilpatrick “gambled all the time” and may have deposited his winnings. Schuch, however, was skeptical.

“It’s not uncommon for gamblers to hoard cash,” Shea said during cross-examination.

Kwame Kilpatrick, a Democrat whose mother is former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was elected mayor in 2001. He resigned in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying in a civil case about having sex with an aide. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.

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