FILE -- In a May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick listens as Judge David Groner sentences him to one-and-a-half to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction. Kilpatrick walked free from a state prison early Tuesday Aug. 2, 2011 after serving just over a year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
WASHINGTON -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is facing federal civil charges of taking part in an influence-peddling scheme involving the city's public-employee pension funds.
The Securities and Exchange Commission says Kilpatrick and ex-city treasurer Jeffrey Beasley received $125,000 in private jet travel and other perks from an investment firm. The SEC says that was in exchange for getting the city's pension fund to make an investment favoring the firm.
Kilpatrick and Beasley violated federal securities laws, the SEC alleged in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit.