Key aide says he passed cash to then-Detroit mayor

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

DETROIT (AP) — An aide says he passed thousands of dollars to then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from a contractor at the city's convention center.

Derrick Miller told jurors Monday at Kilpatrick's corruption trial that he picked up cash once or twice and delivered it personally to Kilpatrick. He says the amount was $5,000 to $10,000.

Miller was Detroit's chief administrative officer and Kilpatrick's longtime confidant. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and pal Bobby Ferguson are charged with running a criminal enterprise by rigging contracts and taking payoffs over many years.

Kilpatrick resigned as mayor in 2008. Miller pleaded guilty to corruption in 2011 and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Miller's testimony backs up earlier testimony from convention hall contractor Karl Kado, who said he paid cash to Kilpatrick.

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