New extortion charges filed against Kwame Kilpatrick

DETROIT - In the city of Detroit, hundreds of cars get towed every day. Two truck companies who are lucky enough have contracts with the city make big money.

Now, according to the feds, there wasn't anything lucky at all about towing contracts in the city.

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former city contractor Bobby Ferguson have been charged with forcing two truck company operators to hand over huge cash payments in exchange for city contracts.

The Local 4 Defenders have learned that Kilpatrick and Ferguson are accused of being given $93,000 in extortion money.

The demands for the money took place on several occasions in 2003.

The extortion charges have been added to the 38-count against Kilpatrick and Ferguson alleging pay-for-play and cash for contracts.

Kilpatrick is set to go to trial on those charges in September.

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