11:28AM Travis says they went to restaurants frequently. Doeh asks if Gaspar Fiore was part of restaurant visits. Thomas interjects and calls for sidebar. After sidebar, judge asks jurors to disregard Fiore reference. Travis does not remember Ferguson on the Super Bowl trip.
11:12AM Jefferson Travis called to witness stand Government takes the question stand. A sergeant with Detroit PD. At one point he was with the Executive Protection Unit. Small unit responsible for protection of mayor and his family. Was also part of protection unit for Mayor Archer.
Travis started with Kilpatrick security team in 2003. He was contacted by an assistant chief. It was alleged that some of the officers at the time were falsifying time sheets and problems with vehicles. Travis was called in to solidify the team and provide training. Travis considered it at the time a privilege to serve with the team. He was second in command of the unit but performed a variety of other tasks. Advance was responsible to go ahead of the mayor and set up routes. Also became familiar with Bobby Ferguson. In time working with the unit, went to Ferguson's house, business and saw him at the former mayor's office. Did not know the relationship between Ferguson and Kilpatrick. Went with mayor to businesses and Ferguson's home in Rosedale Park. We would advance only scheduled hits. For unscheduled hits, like visiting residences or going to cleaners, those visits to Mr. Ferguson's would not be advanced. Travis considered Ferguson to be a friend so did not search the house. Travis went to 2 separate businesses owned by Ferguson. One was Ferguson Construction or Enterprises. Usually went for a couple of hours as "hip pocket" to keep close proximity to mayor and shield him from danger. "There was one time I was going to go into the building but mayor Kilpatrick told me not to go in," says Travis. At the other business location, sat in reception area waiting. Ferguson and Kilpatrick where in another area of building so Travis did not know what was going on. U.S. Attorney asks how one would gain access to Mayor's office. Travis says you'd have to report in at lobby, sign in and get a security tag. Some employees had access to various doors. There was a Honeywell Access key system that would be swiped on the door for access. Travis not aware of Ferguson having that type of access to the doors. Travis travelled with Kilpatrick to Miami for Super Bowl and Tallahasse to former college with mayor. Super bowl they travelled commercial and to Tallahassee it was a private jet owned by Tony Soave. Travis believed they were friends- in his presence, Kilpatrick used private jet 3 or 4 times without Soave being present.
11:11AM J. Diane Dixon excused.
11:10AM Government redirects Dixon was not aware that he had a JP Morgan Chase account. Thomas asks if he had accounts at First Independence and Dixon says no, not to her knowledge.
11:03AM Mr. Thomas gets up to question. Thomas asks if Dixon was Kwame's personal banker. She responds yes. The loan was a personal unsecured loan. Judge interrupts and asks Dixon to back off the microphone. Thomas tells her she has a great voice.Dixon first met Kwame in 2007 in a business capacity. They kept the relationship strictly business. Dixon did not start loan with Kwame, she just administered it. Kwame did qualify under bank's policy. Used promissory note where he promised to pay. One year balloon was that he had 11 set monthly payment. The final payment on the 12th month was the balloon where he could either pay off the balance or refinance. Kwame refinanced. All the payments Dixon processed were made in cash. Did you think it unusual when he made 3 payments in a row. Dixon did not know that he was going to be going to jail shortly therafter for 90 days. Thomas asks if Kwame was suspicious. Dixon says no- his demeanour was very nice. He was nice to all the staff.
10:56AM J. Diane Dixon called to the stand.
10:56AM A former employee of First Independence Bank. Worked from July 2000 to July 2010. Involved in consumer lending. Processed a loan for Kwame Kilpatrick for $15,000. There were 11 monthly payments. Paid off the existing loan and put a new loan on the books. Did see the mayor come to the bank on occasion. Dixon received cash money. Usually paid in $100 bills. Exhibit KKF 7A- a principal payment of $492.11 on September 11th, 2008. Another payment for $516.71 on the same date. And again on the same date, another cash payment for $492.11. And then another principal payment in cash for $2,000 on the same date. And then on October 2, 2008 another cash payment was made for $1,000. And then on February 23rd, 2009 another principal payment was made for $3,100. That particular payment was made by an administrative assistant.
10:53AM Court called back to session. Jurors indicated to judge they are having a hard time seeing the exhibits on the screen. Jury takes a seat.
10:44AM Two witnesses testified thus far. The first witness was IRS agent Ron Sauer who testified that in the period between 2001 through 2008, when Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor of Detroit, he made a total of $531,401.72 in unaccounted cash deposits.
My personal favorite moment was when Jim Thomas, lawyer for the former mayor, asked the no-nonsense IRS agent if there were different places one could put maybe put money. "Like a mattress or a shoe?", asked Thomas. "Well, it would have to be a big shoe.", responded a straight-faced Ron Sauer. " Well Kwame's got big feet!", exclaimed Thomas. The second witness was former First Independent Bank employee Jerome Robinson who testified to seeing Kwame Kilpatrick make frequent cash deposits on his Mastercard account. More witnesses expected to testify after the 15 minute break.
10:33AM Jerome Robinson excused. Fifteen minute court recess.
10:33AM Jim Thomas redirects for defense.
10:29AM U.S. Attorney Eric Doeh redirects. Robsinson asked if there were customers who would conduct such transactions. Usually business people but not specifically with those large dollar amounts. But Robinson says that sometimes yes there could be and with the same regularity as Kwame. Most business customers would usually transfer from their account and wouldn't come in carrying cash. Robinson says there was nothing secretive about Kwame when he interacted with him. But has no idea where the money came from.
10:18AM Government ends questioning.
10:18AM Jim Thomas gets up to question the witness. Kwame never made any secret of the fact that it was him when he came in to make his deposits. Robinson agrees that he never tried to hide his identity. There are cameras all over the bank. Robinson met with IRS and FBI about 4 or 5 times. Robinson told agents he didn't think it was unusual to make cash payments on a credit card account. Robinson would have no idea where the money might be coming from.
There is an obvious camera when making deposits, so Kwame would have known that transactions are being recorded. Thomas references a transaction for $9,000 on December 8th, 2005. Apparently there was a recount at that time, says Thomas, and Kwame was travelling. There was a cashier's check written from that to Cosmopolitan Travel. If someone asks Robinson for a large withdrawal, not unsual to be asked for large denominations, $100 and $50 because they are less bulky. Thomas refers to exhibit KKF 4-11. On October 28th, 2008 was the day Mr. Kilpatrick went to jail. Paid $15,000 as part of his initial restitution to Wayne County.
10:01AM Government steps up to ask questions.
10:01AM Jerome Robinson is a credit union employee. Worked from 2004 to 2010 at First Independence Bank. Began work on February 23rd, 2004.
In last position, he was a customer service representative. The main branch of First Independence bank was in downtown Michigan where he worked. Came into contact with Kwame Kilpatrick when he wanted to make credit card payments starting in 2005. Robinson asked to point out former mayor. He does. Kwame basically came in for MasterCard credit card payments held by bank. Cash transactions. A typical transaction would involve Kwame handing cash and paying credit card. He would hand it from his pocket. Usually for about roughly $3,000. Most of the denominations were increments of $100 bills. The former mayor usually came in about once or twice a month to pay credit card account. sometimes also a security aide would make payments. The aide probably just made one transaction every time he came- total would be about 8 or 9 times total. All cash as well.
Exhibit KKF 1- summary of cash transactions. Robinson recognizes the last 4 digits of the credit card.
Robinson had his own specific teller number: 103.
Besides credit card, there were other cash transactions there was a loan payment. One of Kwame's employees made it. Carlita also purchased cashier's checks.
Exhbit KKF 4- summary of cashier's checks purchased.
Robinson recognizes a $15,000 transaction made by Kwame. Robinson counted out the money.