DETROIT (AP) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard, and three other men have been arraigned on federal pay-to-play charges.
The Kilpatricks, former Detroit water boss Victor Mercado, businessman Bobby Ferguson and ex-Kwame Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller had not guilty pleas entered for them Monday afternoon in federal court in Detroit.
An indictment was filed in December alleging extortion, bribery and fraud during Kwame Kilpatrick's years at city hall. It describes a brazen pattern of corruption in which contractors paid kickbacks or hired a Kilpatrick pal to keep business.
The charges are on top of tax and fraud charges filed last summer against Kwame Kilpatrick. He's in prison for violating probation from an unrelated case in state court.
Kilpatrick's lawyer has said he'll fight the charges.
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