Former aide to testify against shamed ex Detroit mayor Kilpatrick

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 9:30 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Though he is now out of prison, the legal trouble for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick got a bit worse this week when his former fundraiser pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him in the upcoming federal corruption trial.

The Detroit News reports:

Kwame Kilpatrick’s longtime fundraiser, Emma Bell, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion Monday and has agreed to testify against the former mayor in the City Hall corruption case in hopes of getting a shorter prison term.

Under a plea deal, Bell has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors and could spend 18-24 months in prison. If she provides substantial assistance, the government will ask a judge to cut the prison sentence in half to 9-12 months.

Federal prosecutors have convicted 18 people in a years-long investigation into corruption in Detroit city politics.

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