- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending a year or less in prison for a political fundraiser who gave kickbacks to then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Emma Bell was a key witness at Kilpatrick’s corruption trial. She told jurors about pulling cash from her bra to give Kilpatrick a share of her fundraising commissions.

The 70-year-old Bell is back in Detroit federal court on Thursday. She pleaded guilty to a tax crime and owes more than $300,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is recommending a sentence of 12 months or less, a punishment below the guidelines. The government says Bell is remorseful about her crime and gave substantial assistance to agents in the Kilpatrick case.

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