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Kilpatrick Cousin Faces Trial For Theft

DETROIT, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A cousin and former aide to ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been charged with looting a non-profit organization of $34,000.

A judge in Wayne County Circuit Court ordered Naeka Cheeks to stand trial after she waived a preliminary hearing Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported. She could receive a 20-year sentence if she is convicted.

Cheeks was Kilpatrick’s liaison to the Manoogian Mansion Restoration Society. The house, built in 1928, was donated to the city in 1966 by the family of Alex Manoogian, founder of the Masco Co., and became the mayor’s official residence.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charges Cheeks used money belonging to the organization for her own expenses. His office won a default judgment in May for $139,000, including triple damages and interest.

Kilpatrick was recently released from state prison and is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges.

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