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Kilpatrick trial: Ferguson’s $70,000 office makeover?

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -

It doesn't look like much from the street, but hidden inside Ferguson Enterprises is an office fit for a king.

Prosecutor Mark Chutkow made it clear Monday that the feds believe his majesty is better known as Bobby Ferguson.

They say he took $70,000 of taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to help train workers or shelter the disadvantaged and splurged on a plush office complete with marble flooring, a loft, and even a spiral staircase.

Chutkow asked one supplier, "Did you ever provide any materials for a training center or temporary shelter?" The witness answered, "No."

Defense attorney Susan Van Dusen countered that the suppliers who testified Monday did not see all of Ferguson's office space. They conceded that it is possible he created a training center after they finished renovating his offices.

But Van Dusen didn't address the prosecution's contention that his non-profit doctored documents in a bid to convince state officials they were using the money properly.

The feds showed jurors two versions of one invoice. The version Ferguson sent to the state lists Detroit 3D, his nonprofit, as the customer.

But the original invoice for the work lists "Bobby" as the customer and the purpose as "new office."

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