Larry Inman

Larry Inman (Photo: Michigan House Republicans)

Michigan Lawmaker Indicted, Accused Of Trying To Sell His Vote

May 15, 2019 - 3:25 pm

TRAVERSE CITY (WWJ) - A Michigan lawmaker is facing federal charges for allegedly seeking to trade his vote for campaign contributions.

Republican Rep. Larry Inman, from the Traverse City area, is accused in an indictment of attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.

According to an indictment filed in US District Court, Inman is accused of pledging to vote against repealing Michigan's prevailing wage law if a carpenters union would pay up.

"Between on or about June 3, 2018, and June 5, 2018, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, LARRY CHARLES INMAN, an elected Representative in the State of Michigan House of Representatives, attempted to obstruct, delay, and affect commerce by unlawfully seeking to obtain property from the MRCCM, with its consent, under color of official right," the indictment reads. "Specifically, the Defendant unlawfully solicited from the MRCCM a political campaign contribution of money in exchange for the official act of voting 'No' on the 2018 legislative initiative petition to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law in the Michigan House of Representatives."

According to prosecutors said the union did not respond as requested, and Inman voted to repeal the law. [Read the complete indictment]

In a statement, Inman said he is innocent of the charges, adding: "I have never compromised the integrity of my vote. I have always represented my constituency honestly and legally. I intend on vigorously fighting these charges and defending my reputation." 

Meanwhile, Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he stripped Inman of his committee assignments, and that his office has been taken over by nonpartisan staff.

Chatfield added that "everyone in the House" was "surprised and disappointed" by the charges against Inman. 

"The indictment just came to my attention this morning, and I am still gathering more information," an emailed statement by Chatfield reads. "There’ll be more to say once we've been able to have a longer conversation with Rep. Inman. Until then, I have directed the House Business Office to take control of the representative’s office to ensure consistent services are available for the people of Grand Traverse County. Additionally, Rep. Inman has been removed from his committee assignments effective immediately.”