Kwame Kilpatrick accused of missing restitution payment

Prosecutor says ex-Detroit mayor did not pay $500 required last month

DETROIT - Prosecutors say ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick missed a November payment on his six-figure restitution to the city.

Wayne County prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller says Kilpatrick didn't pay $500 as required last month. She says any action is up to the state Corrections Department, which oversees Kilpatrick's parole. Kilpatrick could face jail time for the probation violation.

However, sources tell Local 4 that Kilpatrick's ongoing federal corruption trial likely will stand between him and time behind bars. If he is jailed for breaking probation, an already lengthy could be delayed.

Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan says his agency is investigating the missed November payment.

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In 2008, Kilpatrick was ordered to pay $1 million to Detroit as part of a conviction in a criminal case that forced him out of office. He still owes more than $800,000.

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Kilpatrick now is on trial on federal corruption charges. Defense attorney James Thomas declined comment, saying he's uninvolved in Kilpatrick's restitution matter.

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