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Michigan lawmaker charged with fraudulently seeking loan

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A Michigan lawmaker with a lengthy criminal record is facing new felony charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent pay stubs to secure a $3,000 loan in 2010.

Democratic state Rep. Brian Banks of Detroit was charged Tuesday by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office. If convicted, the 39-year-old would be considered a habitual offender and might potentially face life imprisonment after previous convictions for writing bad checks and credit card fraud.

An investigator's affidavit filed in a Detroit court says Banks sought 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.

Defense attorney Ben Gonek says the charges are "ridiculous" and tainted by politics.

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