Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges Friday against former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat that could land the politicians in jail for five to 15 years.
The two Republican lawmakers left the Legislature in September — Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled by House members — after getting caught up a sex and cover-up scandal.
Schuette obtained warrants in Ingham County District court in Lansing for four felonies against Courser, a Lapeer Republican: lying under oath to the Select Committee in the House of Representatives, a 15-year felony, and three counts of misconduct in office in connection with asking staffers to send a false e-mail, lying to the House Business Office and asking staffers to forge his signature on proposed legislation. The misconduct charges carry a 5-year-in-prison maximum penalty.
The two felonies against Gamrat, a Plainwell Republican, also are for misconduct in office: for asking staffers to sign her name to legislative proposals and lying to the House Business Office.
Schuette also said that he has referred the matter to the Secretary of State to determine whether campaign finance violations of doing political work on state time are appropriate, as well as submitting the warrants to the Attorney Grievance Commission to see whether Courser's law license should be revoked.
Schuette announces felony charges against Courser, Gamrat