Warrants: FBI Seizes $700,000 from Kilpatrick Pal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The FBI has seized about $700,000 from bank accounts linked to Bobby Ferguson, a close friend and co-defendant of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The Detroit News says the FBI obtained a search warrant and made the seizures March 10, one day before a federal jury in Detroit convicted Ferguson and Kilpatrick for their roles in a City Hall kickback scheme. Their sentencing is Oct. 10.

The newspaper says search warrants in the case were unsealed Friday in Detroit U.S. District Court.

Ferguson lawyer Michael Rataj says he's angry at the seizure and says the money belongs to Ferguson's 88-year-old mother.

In all, the FBI says it's seized 12 pieces of construction equipment from Ferguson and about $4 million in a series of raids tied to the corruption case.

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