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.

Steve November 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM
...so it could be accurate to say that banks don't bank on banks? hm... I wonder if he ever paid the guys who made his election signs?
walden schmidt November 15, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Here's the story from Fox 2. http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video?clipId=7951508&autostart=true
peter November 15, 2012 at 02:51 AM
PGfL: you are correct "Who we really should blame are the people who drew the election maps". We all know the party responsible for that. Well anyway, hopefully the legislators find a away to keep this bum from being seated in the House.
Colton Michael Dale November 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I guess I gave the voters a little too much benefit of the doubt. I suppose the lack of information on this state representative election could've pointed me to the opposite conclusion. It's a shame that the people were not better informed. And it's a shame that the people who voted for him, knowing of his criminal conduct, didn't take into consideration how embarrassing it would be to have a felon representing us. What's even MORE shameful is that we have guys like who end up ACTUALLY winning elections...
M November 15, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Unfortunately if you voted straight ticket democrat, you voted for this guy... Lazy voters not doing their due diligence as to who is riding on that ticket. Why is voting straight ticket even an option anymore?
Toni Stinson November 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Walden- This link is already in the story in the paragraph that I attributed the information to Fox News. It's the hyperlinked text. Toni Stinson, Editor
George R. McMullen Jr. November 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I hope a once in a life time situation for all of us… I have a few points to make on what could have been done differently but as the old saying goes the "barn door is open" As we all in district 1 and only get one representative in Lansing I would be interested in how we are going to work with Mr. Banks. We have mandated schools of choice knocking on our door, and we may need him to actually work for us. Also the big wild card is he may be a good representative as we really don’t know how he will perform in office..believe me I’m no fan of Mr. Banks and he doesn’t like me much either but it is what it is…looking for suggestions on how to handle this
Mike A. November 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I still worry more about GP becoming a school of choice. Before we get up in arms about one lousy state representative I would spend more time watching Snyder's plan for school of choice become a reality. If it does then our property values and community will not move forward. In fact it will do exponentially more harm then having this con man in Lansing. I would watch Sen. Pavlov's education committee more than this thief as the education committee and its "choice" bills will ultimately steal more from the Pointes.
Quinn Smith November 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
George, I love your optimism, but unfortunately the actions of Mr. Banks since the Primary shows just how affective a state rep he will be. He has been evicted from 2 homes (soon to be 3), had two cars repossessed (but don’t worry, according to his Detnews bio he has two others), all the while refusing to answer any questions put forth to him from the media or even his constitutes. Mr. Banks knew the challenge would be the Primary and after that all he would have to do is sit back and wait for his State paycheck to come. After his money troubles in the past three months, I am sure he wishes they would start a little earlier than January. But what to do? As I stated in my blog there are actions we as a community can start now to remove him from office before he can start to entrench himself in his office in Lansing and look forward to an easy re-election in 2014 as an incumbent.
Audrey Paige November 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Its ridiculous that this man was even allowed to run for office. Im not even sure he can be allowed to vote? The Grosse Pointes need to be completely re districted out of Wayne County if we ever want to have a fair say in anything.
Robert Lee November 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Please reas Quinn Smith's well reasoned blog at: http://grossepointe.patch.com/blog_posts/shame-on-banks-or-shame-on-us Then, as he suggests, get out your pens and write Lansing. Quinn is correct: shame on us if we sit idly back, and tolerate the electoral and other scams perpetrated by Brian Banks
Katie November 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This is not a done deal. Take Robert Lee's suggestion on how to handle this and write and call Governor Synder and the Attorney General. Make a difference, be proactive to not seat a convicted felon who misrepresented himself During the Election Process (is this FRAUD?). And if he wrote bad checks WHILE he was running for office then did he commit felonious acts WHILE in the process of running for office? It would be a crime against all Michigan taxpayers as well as the District constituents for him to be seated. The victims should press criminal charges not only for themselves, but as responsible citizens. The amendment to the state's constitution that bars felons from holding state office should be amended ASAP - eliminating the 'officeholder's official capacity' portion. Bar felons who have a conviction for fraud or dishonesty from holding office - Period.
Marge1 November 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
While we don't like Banks, lots of us didn't like the alternative either. Dan Schulte has been an embarassment in Grosse Pointe Shores with constant bickering, unprofessional behavior and hairbrained ideas to change counties. I, for one, didn't want to send him to Lansing to cause more embarassment on our city.
Katie November 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
So you chose a convicted felon over your embarassment? Wow.
Robert Lee November 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Marge; The idea to change counties came from when the Cooper administration foisted the new city charter on Shores voters, not from Dan Schulte. And this whole Banks fiasco is just proof in the pudding that Grosse Pointe Shores would be better off in Macomb County, rather than letting the Detroit electorate decide who represents us in Lansing. Dan has done what good elected officials do- kept his campaign promises on accountability and fiscal responsibility. There is nothing unprofessional about sticking to your guns and fighting for what you believe in.
Nancy Hames November 15, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Oh my God...are you for real? So you vote for a felon instead? Yikes.
Ted November 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Wow. And we wonder why GPS is such a basket case.
Marge1 November 15, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I think both candidates were abysmal. I disagree with Robert Lee on almost every front and I wish he would stop appointing himself as the enlightened one for the rest of the citizens. I don't want to change counties or school districts and I pay my taxes too. Since this new administration took over, our city has been in the headlines and not in positive ways. I moved here understanding what tax rate I would pay. I'd like our city officials to worry about providing services like we had when I moved here 18 years ago. Instead, they're obsessed with Detroit and not with keeping up our own city.
Bill IV November 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
That's awesome. Thanks for the heads up on the website.
Chris K November 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Marge: Mayor Cooper included in his letter to residents that when we became a city and approved the charter it would be easier to consider moving to Macomb Cty. and that was in about December of 2007. The Free Press covered the issue at the time and I think the GP Times did as well. So Robert Lee is correct in what he states on this issue.
Chris K November 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Marge: Here is a link that might help you remember the facts. Parts of the story are copied below. http://atdetroit.net/forum/messages/125438/123436.html?1199133080 Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 3:38 am: GROSSE POINTE SHORES -- After 96 years as a village, leaders of this affluent Lake St. Clair shoreline community are urging residents to become a city and avoid what they claim is a threatened state-mandated takeover by Wayne and Macomb county authorities. Residents received letters this week from Village President James Cooper advocating a May election. The two-page letter alluded to legislation in Lansing to eliminate duplication in government by abolishing most of the state's 1,242 townships and having counties take over their functions. Status of bill questioned The bill was introduced in May, has gone nowhere and is all but dead, said Bill Ballenger, a former Republican state lawmaker who edits "Inside Michigan Politics" newsletter. "There may be good reasons for Grosse Pointe Shores to become a city, but the specter of the evil ogre of Wayne County taking over isn't one of them," Ballenger said. Despite inaction on the bill, Cooper said the village's advisers have predicted consolidation involving at least the smallest operations -- like his village -- is bound to happen in a state that is struggling financially. Village officials discussed the change for years, but the legislation was the final straw, Cooper said.
Katie November 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Dear Marge1. Your comments are so ridiculous that I find myself compelled to comment. You may very well be the reason it took so long for women to gain the right to vote. Let me ask you, and all the other persons in GP who voted for Brian Banks - multiple times convicted felon - do you feel any responsibility as a United States citizen with a right to vote, to use your mind? You state, "I'd like our city officials to worry about providing services like we had when I moved here 18 years ago. Instead, they're obsessed with Detroit and not with keeping up our own city". Guess what - you just blew it. You contributed to the demise. You guaranteed with your vote, that District 1 will be all about Detroit. Do you use your mind? Do you do your homework on the candidates’ positions before exercising your right to vote? Do you think about your community or your neighbors or someone beside yourself? Or do you use your emotions, headlines or “what other people think” to make decisions? Marge1 you should be embarrassed - for yourself. You did your community a great disservice. Now you can pay your taxes to support a convicted felon’s paycheck and contribute to the potential degradation of the Pointes. Unbelievable.
Ken Eatherly November 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM
This is a perfect example of the definition of the word "travesty." On the other hand, it is oddly refreshing to see at least one new member of the State House that we KNOW will be totally corrupt from Day One.
Harlan Hatcher November 16, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Marge, When someone stands up for truth and decency, the only ones embarrassed are those who abide by neither. Regardless of what pseudonym you use, your attacks on Mr. Schulte always carry a familiar prejudice. I'll cast my vote for an honest man who raises a little hell over a smooth-talking snake in the grass any day. Since you prefer the latter, you have nothing to complain about. You got your wish.
Veronica Paiz November 16, 2012 at 05:05 AM
More lies from Brian Banks: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/category/237114/let-it-rip
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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