In a statement Thursday, a spokesman for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said his family is downsizing to a smaller home in Texas.
"The Kilpatrick family is downsizing to a smaller home in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex community. As I mentioned before, Texas is now their home and they have no plans to move back to the Detroit area. Mrs. Kilpatrick and I ask that you respect their privacy at this sensitive time for the protection of her young children," Mike Paul said.
The announcement comes just weeks before Kilpatrick is set to be arraigned on tax and fraud charges on July 13.
He's currently being housed at a northern Michigan prison, but the Michigan Corrections Department said Kilpatrick will be the responsibility of U.S. marshals once he's transported to Detroit for his arraignment.
Kilpatrick is facing 10 counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, five counts of filing a false tax return, and one count of tax evasion.
Federal prosecutors said the scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes.
Instead, the 40-year-old is accused of using it as a slush fund to take cash payments for himself, friends and relatives.
Download:Kilpatrick Indictment 6/23/10
Kilpatrick's indictment alleges that beginning in 1999, Kilpatrick devised a scheme to use the Kilpatrick Civic Fund to pay for personal expenses and to fund his mayoral campaigns in 2001 and 2005.
The government said he used the money to pay for yoga and golf lessons, golf clubs, summer camp for his kids, personal travel, a lease on a Cadillac DeVille and moving expenses, as well as "counter-surveillance and anti-bugging equipment."
The indictment also lists Kilpatrick using fund money for a crisis manager to oversee his public image and for polling and focus groups.
He is also accused of failing to report at least $640,000 in taxable income between 2003 and 2008, which includes money, private jet flights and personal expenses paid by the civic fund.
Each fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, and each tax count carries a maximum sentence of three or five years and a fine of $250,000.
According to state prisons spokesman Russ Marlan, the U.S. government will decide where it wants to lock up Kilpatrick while his case is in federal court.
Federal officials typically keep defendants at county jails or at the federal prison in Milan.
Kilpatrick is serving a minimum 14-month state sentence for probation violations in an unrelated case.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in 2008 to misconduct tied to his lying under oath about an affair with a staff member in a whistle-blowers' lawsuit. He served almost four months in jail, agreed to give up his law license and his political career and repay the city $1 million for settling an employment lawsuit related to his misdeeds.
In May, Wayne County Judge David Groner ruled that Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation by failing to report assets and turn over tax refunds toward restitution owed the city.
He had been making monthly payments of $3,000 while living in the Dallas area and working as a salesman for information-technology company Covisint.
In February, Groner ordered the stepped-up payments of $79,000 within 30 days and another payment of $240,000 within 90 days after a contentious six-day hearing, spanning from October to
December, which was triggered by Kilpatrick?s claim that he had only $6 a month left after living and family expenses in his new home in Southlake, Texas.
During the hearings, prosecutors revealed Kilpatrick and his wife had hidden assets; put money in other accounts, including $240,000 in loans; live in a rented mansion; and drive fancy SUVs.
Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz flew down to Texas to investigate how the Kilpatrick's were living.