Kwame Kilpatrick Indicted in Criminal Ring

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(New York Times) —  The city’s imprisoned former mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, and two top aides rigged contracts, collected millions of dollars in bribes and defrauded taxpayers, the federal government said on Wednesday in a 38-count indictment that characterizes Mr. Kilpatrick’s inner circle as a long-running criminal organization.  The indictment, the result of an investigation that began in 2004, also names Mr. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, who is accused of collecting kickbacks, and a contractor, Bobby Ferguson, who received “tens of millions of dollars” for work he either did not perform or was awarded through extortion, the authorities said.

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