Witness says he was proud the mayor of Detroit was wearing his suits and tried to cultivate that relationships. He acknowledges he gave things of value to the mayor. Kilpatrick told people about his business and that he wore his suit to his mayoral inauguration.
Thomas says professional football players go to Fashion International. Witness says that is their specialty, making suits for people who are difficult to fit.
Witness says they keep payment records for a couple of reasons: when they first started, people came to get receipts for insurance reasons so business started to keep tab.
Transactions date back to March 2000 for Kilpatrick.
Talking about Akinwusi's Christmas party in December 2001. Witness thinks it was before Kilpatrick officially took office.
Thomas says as far as you know is cash legal tender here in the US? I believe so says the witness.
Thomas asks if he ever saw Kilpatrick with large amounts of cash. Witness says he never did.
Witness says most of the things he bought from him were on layaway.
Witness says the FBI requested the customer summary report in 2010. Alebiosu says that sometimes there might have been a mistake by his employees it was paid in cash or credit card. Looking at the summary report for Kilpatrick, it looks like Larre the tailor never gave him any discounts.
"The way I worked with mayor was different than I worked with other customers. I pretty much worked with him however he wanted," says Alebiosu.
"I wanted to have my garments on the mayor," says the witness about why he was so accommodating.
Alebiosu says the payment by Akinwusi on the suits was more than a decade ago so he can't remember if the suits were still in the store or if the mayor had taken them.
Witness reiterating that the records he kept on the mayor were not like he did with other customers.
Looking at March 18th 2000 payment of $556.50 for suits. Thomas tabulates the math and comes up with $553.50. Asks why there is a $3 difference. Alebiosu can't account for it.
June 22nd 2001, mayor is paying in cash before he was elected mayor. Looking at layaway payments in cash.
Thomas says there is nothing unusual or inappropriate about paying in cash. No says the witness.
Looking at a succession of layaway payments by the former mayor. Looking at March 11th 2002, date of Akinwusi's check to pay for Kilpatrick's layaway, Kilpatrick's layaway doesn't seem to be itemized.
10:10AM May 7th 2002, payment of $3,000 by check by Kilpatrick on layaway.
On September 10th and 12th 2002, $1,200 on the 10th and $1,000 on the 12th by check. So including the date of May 7th, that's $5,200 total paid by mayor by check.
Witness says he told Akinwusi that he had told mayor he paid for the suits. Witness says he never remembers Akinwusi telling him he thought he pocketed the money.
10:17AM Blackwell redirects.
Alebiosu says he still has outstanding balance for the mayor in the store. Saying he didn't give Kilpatrick things for free.
Kwame and Bernard snort derisively.
Witness steps down from the stand.
10:18AM New witness is sworn in. Eric Doeh for the government questions. LaJuan Wilks is her name, she is construction project coordinator for the general city services department of the city of Detroit. Has a degree in building construction management from Michigan State.