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Rep. Brian Banks arraigned in loan fraud case

Associated Press

Detroit — A Michigan lawmaker who won the Democratic primary election earlier this month has been arraigned in Wayne Circuit Court in an alleged scheme to get a loan.

A spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said state Rep. Brian Banks of Harper Woods was released Thursday on bond.

Banks is accused of submitting fraudulent pay stubs to get a $3,000 loan in 2010. Banks denies the charges, and his lawyer says the investigation is tainted by politics.

Banks won the primary in a crowded field in his bid for a third House term. The district includes parts of Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores.

He has previous convictions in financial matters.

The Associated Press left phone and email messages Thursday seeking comment from Banks.