Brian Banks (Campaign Photo)

Brian Banks (Campaign Photo)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — Former State Representative Brian Banks was sentenced Friday to serve one day of time after he pleaded guilty to filing false financial statements.

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Deputy Press Secretary Megan Hawthorne said the sentence came after Banks admitted to claiming on a $3,000 credit loan application last June that he worked at a law firm where he was never employed.

“I think it’s very serious. I mean he was a elected official who committed a crime and he resigned from his position in the House of Representatives on February 6 and after that resignation he was offered a plea deal,” Hawthorne said. “Through that plea deal, he admitted guilt in this crime. He admitted that he did, indeed, commit a crime.”

Banks, who has a lengthy criminal record, resigned from office in early February.

“As an elected official, you carry a higher burden of responsibility and are expected to act as a role model in your community,” Schuette, a Republican who charged Banks in June, said in a statement. “Former Representative Banks violated the trust placed in him by his neighbors and constituents.”

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Banks, 40, was previously convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud. In the current case, he was accused of seeking a $7,500 personal loan from the Detroit Metropolitan Credit Union by submitting false pay stubs from IHI Attorneys + Consultants. He stated the loan’s purpose was for a bar review course.

In 2015, the state paid nearly $12,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Banks by a former aide who had been fired. The House spent about $85,000 on outside lawyers in the case.

Banks, a former elementary school teacher who chaired the Detroit Caucus, represented the 1st House District, which includes Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores and a portion of Detroit.

There will be a special election in August to fill Banks’ Harper Woods seat in the House.

 

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