Government recommends cutting ex-Detroit mayor's restitution

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Posted: Nov 03, 2016 8:58 AM

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is recommending that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's restitution in his corruption case be reduced from $4.5 million to $1.6 million.

This week's U.S. District Court filing came after a federal appeals court ruled that Kilpatrick's restitution calculation "was erroneous" and should be based more on Detroit's losses. Specifically, the order noted money from water and sewer contracts.

Kilpatrick was found guilty of tax evasion and bribery in 2013. He resigned as mayor in another scandal in 2008, and is currently in federal prison.

Kilpatrick's attorney, Harold Gurewitz, has until Nov. 22 to respond. He tells The Detroit News he wants to know "whether there should be any restitution at all." The Detroit Free Press reports that the judge who oversaw Kilpatrick's trial will review the issue.