Federal corruption trial of Kwame Kilpatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson.
Today is a two hour court session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this morning.
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Court is now in session.
Big money checks are being shown on the overhead projector.
On the witness stand:
Avinash Rachmale has returned to the witness stand to continue his testimony for the government, but then to also be cross-examined by defense attorneys.
Rachmale built up his company into a world-wide powerhouse and he did it by securing hundreds of millions of dollars in city of Detroit Water Department Contracts.
That’s tax money and water payments. Public money. Kwame Kilpatrick was in control of the water department and Rachmale’s testimony is that he was shaken when the city canceled two contracts worth $15 million when Kilpatrick was the mayor.
He says he couldn’t get an answer from the city why their contracts were canceled.
He says something led him to Kwame Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard. Rachmale says he paid Bernard Kilpatrick $2500 to “consult.” Kilpatrick indicated that Rachmale should talk to Bobby Ferguson.
Rachmale is saying that Lakeshore did not include Ferguson on contract work and two contracts were canceled. When he included Ferguson, the contracts flowed in from the city and his company took off to a multi-million dollar enterprise. Lakeshore became so successful, President Obama met Rachmale to highlight Lakeshore as an example of small business success.
The details from Rachmale are that he then began paying Bobby Ferguson to keep him happy and to keep his work with the city going.
The jury is now being shown check after check made out to entities of Bobby Ferguson, paid by an entity of Lakeshore.
The checks are rubber stamped signed by the man on the stand, Lakeshore founder Avinash Rachmale.
Here are just SOME of the checks paid to Ferguson from Rachmale that are presented in the form of extorted shake downs:
The checks are from 2007
Checks written from
SKY GROUP LLC (Subsidiary of Lakeshore)
A&F Environmental (Ferguson) $102,000
A&F Environmental $150,000
A&F Environmental $120,000
Johnson Consultants $200,000
A&F Environmental $147,000