DETROIT - Embattled former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's mother helped him pay $500 in restitution to the city, according to a Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman.
Kilpatrick has had trouble making recent payments to the more than $800,000 he owes in restitution for a text-messaging scandal.
Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said U.S. Rep Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick made the payment on Wednesday.
For months at the federal corruption trial, the court heard from witnesses such as Emma Bell, who said she paid $200,000 in kickbacks to Kwame Kilpatrick, mostly in hundred dollar bills. Mahon Clift said Bobby Ferguson gave him stacks of hundred dollar bills -- $90,000 worth. Clift told the jury he delivered them to Kilpatrick.
However, Kilpatrick still doesn't have the money to pay the $500 in restitution each month. The first time he was late, the parole department put him on a tether and refused to let him go to his Texas home for his son's birthday.
The next month, Kilpatrick was spotted on camera at a Walmart cashing in a $2,000 gift from a Chicago pastor -- $500 went to restitution.
When he failed to let his parole agent know about the gift he spent the weekend in jail.
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