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Ex-Michigan lawmaker avoids more jail time in loan case

Posted at 11:45 AM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 11:45:24-05

 A former Michigan lawmaker with a lengthy criminal record who resigned from office as part of a plea deal in a loan fraud case is avoiding more jail time.

Brian Banks of Harper Woods was sentenced Friday to a day in jail with time served after pleading guilty earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of filing false financial statements. Three felony counts were dropped.

The plea resolved charges that the Democrat submitted fraudulent pay stubs to secure a $3,000 loan in 2010. He has said the case was politically motivated.

Banks won-re-election to his Detroit-area seat despite the charges and was just a month into his final two years in the House under term limits. He was previously convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud.