Can make suits in 48 hours, a week or a month, depending on the needs of customers. Suits range from $500 to $4,000.
Knows Kwame since 2000. One of Alebiosu's customers brought him to the store. First suit he made for the mayor was the one for his inauguration. He became a regular customer.
"It was difficult for the mayor to buy off the rack because of his size," says Alebiosu.
Mayor bought shirts, ties, shoes, belts and not just suits.
Alebiosu has customers from city council. Mayor usually paid with cash, credit cards and checks.
"Most of the transactions I had with mayor were on layaway," says the witness.
The mayor would make payments on his layaways.
Witness says the mayor was always commenting about paying for his suits. He never paid all at once, split payment between credit cards, cash and checks.
Alebiosu kept records of what was bought and how it was paid for. Looking at Alebiosu's payment history report from March 2000 through May 2008 for Kwame Kilpatrick. Represents mayor's purchases from Fashion International from that time. No cumulative total.
Blackwell asks if it's more than $50,000. Witness says he does not know.
Looking at December 21st 2001, series of purchases by mayor on that date, totaling $1,669. Kilpatrick paid in cash.
December 23rd 2002 payments: $1,998 paid by Kilpatrick.
July 21st 2004: $2,000 paid in cash by Kilpatrick.
Witness says he never asked why he paid in cash or where the money came from.
Witness says the transaction summary report accurately reflects payments in cash or checks.
Witness says he is friends with Johnson Akinwusi. Both men are from Nigeria and know each other since the late 80s. the Detroit Nigerian community is quite small. The tailor introduced Akinwusi to the mayor. In December 2001, Akinwusi was having a party and called the tailor asking him to invite the mayor. Alebiosu invited the mayor and they went together.
The tailor and Akinwusi played golf together every sunday. Akinwusi mentioned that he wanted to do more business with the city. Alebiosu said there wasn't much he could do. Asked him to talk to the mayor on his behalf. Witness doesn't remember the advice he gave him. They had a lot of discussions about his business but doesn't recall specific advice.
9:45AM Witness says he spent a lot of time with Akinwusi. They played golf, had dinner together. Alebiosu says he can't remember categorically where the conversations took place.
Witness thinks that when the mayor went to Akinwusi's party he had been elected but not sworn in yet.
When Akinwusi and the witness spoke, Kilpatrick was mayor and had suits on layaway in his store. Witness says that Akinwusi wanted to pay for suits for the mayor and the witness says he told him that he had some suits on layaway in his store.
Looking at receipt again from March 11th 2002 for Akinwusi's suit. Looking at receipts for part of the mayor's layaway on March 11th 2002. 2 receipts: 1 for $4,487 and the other for $303.14. Witness says he believes that theses are the receipts that Akinwusi paid. Total amount is $4,790.46 paid on Kilpatrick's layaway account.
Jurors ask to see amounts for layaway suits again.
Witness says he called Kilpatrick a few days later to tell him the suits had been paid for by Akinwusi.
9:52AM Thomas cross-examines.
Alebiosu says that he was friends with Kilpatrick and they went to each other's homes. Discussed witness's daughter going to Cornell.