State Representative Larry Inman Charged With Bribery, Attempted Extortion
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids has announced the three count federal indictments against state Representative Larry Inman.
Inman is in his third term as state representative, first elected to represent Grand Traverse County in 2014.
Now a federal grand jury believes that Inman solicited money from a labor union, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, in exchange for his ‘no’ vote on prevailing wage legislation.
The indictment shows that Inman suggested that a $5,000 campaign contribution wasn’t enough and he was asking for more money in advance of the house vote on the issue.
Inman ended up voting yes to repealing prevailing wage.
The Michigan House ended up repealing the law by a vote of 56 to 53.
In the indictment, it states that the end of the text message says “we never had this discussion.”
When questioned by the F.B.I. Representative, Inman denied the text messages.
This is what an official with the labor union has to say about Representative Inman’s indictment, “Our member’s deserve an elected official who will vote on the merits of the bill.”
Inman’s state office has just been shut down.
Speaker of the House Rep Lee Chatfield issued the following statement: “Everyone in the House is surprised and disappointed by this news. The indictment just came to my attention this morning. There’ll be more to say once we’ve been able to have a longer conversation with Rep. Inman. Additionally, Rep. Inman has been removed from his committee assignments effective immediately.”
We will continue to cover this developing story throughout the day both on air and online.