Carlita Kilpatrick, Ex-Detroit First Lady, Forced Out of Texas Home

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Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 10:11 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Carlita Kilpatrick, Detroit's former first lady, has fallen on hard times in Texas, losing her municipal job in Duncanville and forced out of her upscale home in Grand Prairie while her husband awaits sentencing on federal corruption charges.

The owner of the 5,000-square-foot home in Grand Prairie where Kilpatrick and her three children were living chose not to extend the lease, forcing her to move. But she was not evicted, Dallas real estate agent Will Butler told The Detroit Free Press, without offering further details other than the house is now on the market for $2,799 a month.

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Kilpatrick lost her job as an athletic facilities specialist for the city of Duncanville on July 10 after failing to meet requirements of her 180-day probation, public information officer Claudia Garibay told Detroit News. Kilpatrick made $42,100 per year as a specialist at the Duncanville Fieldhouse, a sports facility.

She was hired in January to organize and schedule sporting events and overseeing daily operations.

Former family spokesman Mike Paul asked for privacy for his former clients.

"Let them move on," Paul told the Detroit Free Press. "For anyone who has a heart: Look, Kwame is in prison. Let this family have some peace."

Kwame Kilpatrick's dramatic fall from grace as Detroit's mayor coincided the city's downfall this month, which became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy.

Kwame still owes more than $800,000 in restitution to the City of Detroit for lying about an affair and ruining the careers of three police officers in a whistle-blower trial that cost the city $8.4 million. The lies were revealed in text messages, published by the Detroit Free Press, which forced him to resign as mayor in 2008 and launched a criminal investigation.

This year, a federal jury in Detroit convicted Kwame and Bobby Ferguson on 34 counts that included bribery and extortion. He is awaiting sentencing at a federal prison in Milan, Mich.

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Kwame and Ferguson could face up to 20 years in prison, the Detroit News report said.

The U.S. attorney's office is fighting Kwame's plea that he should be freed until he is sentenced. Kwame claims because of his financial state and his bad knee that needs medical care that he is not a flight risk. Federal prosecutors have rejected those arguments, however.

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