Schuette: Former State Rep. Brian Banks Sentenced on Charge of Filing False Financial Statements

February 17, 2017

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that former State Rep. Brian Banks, of Harper Woods, was sentenced to one day in jail - time served. Banks pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of filing financial false statements on February 6, 2017. 

“Former Rep. Banks pleaded guilty, admitting he did indeed commit the crime for which he was sentenced,” said Schuette. “I am pleased to see this case come to a close and that the residents of his district have the chance to get an honest, hardworking and law-abiding representative.”

Schuette first charged Banks, 40, with four criminal charges related to falsifying documents to obtain a loan from a Detroit-area credit union in June of 2016.

On February 6, 2017 Banks submitted a letter of resignation to House Speaker Tom Leonard. The resignation was effective immediately. Following his resignation, a plea agreement was presented to Banks that resulted in the felony charges being dropped. 

Case Background

The Department of Attorney General filed felony charges against Banks in June 2016. 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, but through the course of the investigation, 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.

A special election to fill the House Seat left open by Banks has been scheduled for August.