Michigan State Rep-Elect Banks' Car Repossessed

The second of Banks' cars is repossessed


Newly elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, Brian Banks is poised to be sworn in as the representative for District 1 in Lansing in January.  District 1 includes Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and some of Detroit.

There maybe some question as to how he'll get to Lansing though.  According to a Nov. 12 article by MyFoxDetroit.com, Banks' Land Rover was repossessed last week after more than four months of being followed by a recovery agent. Banks' 2003 Jaguar was repossessed earlier.

Banks, an eight-time felon convicted of passing bad checks and credit card fraud from 1998 to 2004, has said publicly that he’s turned his life around after earning a Master's degree and a law degree.

In October, Banks was evicted from two homes he leased in Harper Woods and a judgment for $3751 was levied against him after checks he wrote to his landlord bounced.

According to the attorney for one of Banks' Harper Woods landlords, criminal charges are a possibility his client is considering. According to MCL 750.131, if Banks knowingly wrote a bad check over $500, he could be charged with a 2-year felony.

Which begs the question, will fellow Michigan House members seat Banks' if he has pending criminal charges?

Legislators will likely consider the 2010 amendment to the state's constitution that bars felons from holding state office if they have a conviction involving fraud or dishonesty in the last 20 years. As the crime must be related to the officeholder's official capacity, this rule may not apply to Banks. However, the constitution does permit either house to expel a member by a two-thirds vote.

To date, Mr. Banks has not responded to emails and phone messages left by Patch.

Robert Lee November 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
You are right on Veronica. I had to get out the barf bag watching Banks falsely claim he is reformed. Till he pays every nickle back of the tens of thousands of dollars he has defrauded and cheated people of, any claims he has of being repentatnt ring hollow. I really had to chuckle when he said he connected with the "white people." Banks was heard in several Detroit precincts on election day, angrily confronting African American citizens out working as volunteers for Dan Schulte, telling them "what's a black guy doing helping out a white guy? This crook has no business being in the state house! And thanks, Veronica. You were one of the first to alert us to what a rotten apple Banks is!
Quinn Smith November 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Sierra, If you havent already, read my blog here on the patch. Write every elected offical you can. Perhaps we can have GPS, GPW and HW city councils send a notice to the State Govenment asking for him to NOT BE SEATED.
Frank Walshingham November 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Marge: Any press that the Kedzierski - Wollenweber administration has received been positive compared to the travesties that marred the Cooper - Vick administration. You just can't seem to get over the fact that voters booted out Cooper and his crew. It is good to see at council meetings there is substantial debate over key issues, not a mindless 7-0 rubber stamping of what had been determined behind closed doors. And you did not move here understanding what your tax rates would be, it was the Cooper administration that snookered people in to voting for the Headlee override provision in the city charter!
Steve November 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
My friends who moved out of the Pointes after college are loving this.
Steve November 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I really think our best option (being a non-GPS) resident is unification of the Pointes followed immediately by secession from Wayne county. Think about it. Criminals who the police arrest would stay in jail, taxes would go down, and we'd (I'd) stop caring about Ficano. ...and parking for jury duty would probably be cheaper too.


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