Former Rep. Courser denies felony charges - WNEM TV 5

Former Rep. Courser denies felony charges

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Felony misconduct charges have been filed against former State Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan State Police announced the charges following a joint investigation.

The two former state officials made headlines last year stemming from their extramarital affair and subsequent cover up.

Todd Courser, from Lapeer, has been charged with three counts of Misconduct in Office, and perjury after being accused of lying under oath during testimony to lawmakers. The perjury charge alone carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. See Courser's warrant here.

Courser denied the charges in a statement issued Feb. 27.

"Todd Courser will continue to defend himself against these baseless and unconstitutional charges. He is confident that the truth will come out and that these baseless charges will be shown to be just another extension of corrupt government," the statement said.

Cindy Gamrat has been charged with two counts of Misconduct in Office, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. See Gamrat's warrant here.

Courser resigned last fall rather than be expelled. He also attempted to make another run for his seat but failed.

Gamrat was kicked out in September.

“The voters placed a sacred trust in the hands of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat when they chose them to serve as their voices in the Capitol,” said Schuette. “But instead of serving their home towns, they served only themselves at the expense of everyone else.

Schuette also said the case will be forwarded to the Michigan Secretary of State, which has initial jurisdiction over state campaign finance law, to review for possible violations, and to the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.  Courser is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan.  

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