In a recent interview, ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced that he will be opening a new business, despite owing millions of dollars to the IRS and the city of Detroit.
Kilpatrick recently told Deadline that he has set to launch a virtual ministry called Movemental Ministries on Jan. 20.
Kilpatrick will run the business from his home state of Georgia and will conduct weekly Bible studies, Saturday services, and workshops.
This news comes as a shock to many because Kilpatrick currently owes more than $4.7 million to the IRS and the city of Detroit.
In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 counts of felony charges and sentenced to 28 years in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice.
The former Detroit mayor served 7 out of 28 years in a federal prison in Louisiana before his sentence was commuted in January of 2021 by former United States President Donald Trump and he was released.
Back in 2002, Kilpatrick allegedly had a wild party involving exotic dancers at the Manoogian Mansion, a property owned by the city of Detroit.
According to Executive Protection Unit members, Kilpatrick’s wife returned home unexpectedly during the party and allegedly physically assaulted one of the dancers.
After an investigation done by the Detroit Police Department, no evidence of the party even taking place was found.
As retaliation for the investigation, Internal Affairs investigator Gary A. Brown and two other police officers involved in the case were fired by the Kilpatrick administration.
In 2003, the exotic dancer, Tamara Greene, was murdered. Upon autopsy, it was discovered that Greene had died due to gunshot wounds caused by a 40 caliber Glock pistol, the same caliber and firearm the Detroit Police Department used.
In January of 2008, around the time of the Manoogian Mansion party, it was revealed that Kilpatrick was having an extramarital affair with Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick’s former high school classmate and legislative aide.
Text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty not only revealed that the two were having an affair, but that they had also conspired to terminate Brown.
Ultimately, Kilpatrick was hit with 24 charges, including mail fraud, wire fraud, perjury, and racketeering, amongst others.
Though Kilpatrick regained his freedom in 2021, he has not been released of the money he owes to the IRS and the city of Detroit.
In a video posted to Instagram, Kilpatrick records himself singing, “I give myself away.”
Safe to say, that will not be the only thing he has to give away.