Federal prosecutors filed forfeiture papers over the weekend, seeking more than $16.4 million from Bobby Ferguson, the contractor friend of ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Ferguson was indicted in September on charges of bid-rigging a $12 million contract connected to a Detroit affordable housing development.
Officials are looking to recover more than $3.9 million in cash, checks and certificates of deposit seized or frozen by authorities, as well as two handguns and ammunition.
In addition, if Ferguson and his co-defendants are convicted, the government wants damages of $12.5 million, the amount they received on the bid-rigged housing contract.
Ferguson’s co-defendants are all executives at companies owned by Ferguson, and include Shakib Deria, vice president of A&F Environmental/Johnson Construction Services; Michael Woodhouse, president of Xcel Construction and Calvin Hall, vice president of Xcel Construction.
Separately, in December, Ferguson was indicted on charges of extortion, bribery and fraud over construction contracts involving city sewer and water main work, in which millions of dollars were diverted to Ferguson, Kilpatrick’s father and other city hall insiders.