Kilpatrick Corruption Trial Update – Tax Woes

Are you keeping tabs on the latest in the Kwame Kilpatrick trial?

Good Morning and Happy Monday! We start this week off with the latest news concerning Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. If you are not familiar with the Kilpatrick corruption trail you’ve come to the right place.

Throughout Kilpatrick’s trial, we have been offering our readers weekly almost weekly. The citizens of Detroit have watched how this one man – who we had previously hung our hopes on – has defended himself. Kwame Kilpatrick, as well has his father and friend, have been accused of using the mayor’s office and position to get rich.

With Detroit having one of its deadliest years (more on that later this week), on the verge of a financial crisis, I think we are all looking for a little hope. Maybe the man who was once a Detroit success story can make the comeback.

Or maybe not…

Taxes

No one likes paying taxes, especially Kwame Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick. According to The Detroit Free Press,

All of the trial testimony focused on Bernard Kilpatrick, who the government painted as a heavy gambler and tax cheat. An Internal Revenue Service agent testified that Bernard Kilpatrick stiffed the government out of $184,000 in taxes by hiding his true income in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

The Defense

The defense argued that extra money could have been inheritance money or a loan that would allow it to be tax exempt or it could have been a transferred between Bernard Kilpatrick’s business to personal accounts.

The Prosecution

The prosecution came prepared for the defense stating that they had already looked into those scenarios and have ruled them out.

And the six-figure tax debt, said IRS agent Rowena Schuch, is “very conservative.

What have you noticed about the Kilpatrick Trial? If you were Kilpatrick’s defense, how would you defend him?