Felony charges filed against former state legislators

Felony charges filed against former state legislators

LANSING — The two former Michigan legislators accused of using state resources to cover up an extramarital affair have been charged with felonies.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that charges of misconduct in office were filed in Ingham County District Court against former State Representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser. The pair allegedly engaged in a pattern of corrupt conduct while in office, including lying during a House Business Office investigation.

Gamrat — who was expelled from the legislature for her actions in September — faces two counts of the five-year felony of misconduct in office. Couser faces three, with an additional charge of perjury, a felony punishable by up to fifteen years in prison. He resigned his position shortly before Gamrat’s expulsion.

The case will also be sent to the Michigan Secretary of State for review of possible violations of campaign finance law.