A member of the Michigan House of Representatives resigned today before pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of filing financial false statements.

The Michigan Attorney General's office has announced that State Representaive Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) resigned from the Michigan House of Representatives today and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

The resignation letter submitted by Banks to Speaker of the House Tom Leonard was effective immediately.

Attorney General Bill Schuette first charged Banks in June of 2016 with four criminal charges related to falsifying documents to obtain a loan from a Detroit-area credit union.

The charges stemmed from Banks’ application for a $7,500 loan using pay statements from his alleged employer, IHI Attorneys + Consultants of Farmington. Banks claimed to work for the company. It was discovered that he had never worked at or with IHI Attorneys + Consultants, and the check issued originated with a payroll company the firm never used.

The misdemeanor charge carries up to a one-year prison sentence. Sentencing has not yet been set.

As a result of his resignation and his guilty plea, the remaining charges have been dropped.

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