Inman pleads not guilty to federal charges

May 29, 2019

Michigan Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg)
Credit Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) was in federal court Tuesday for an arraignment on multiple criminal charges.

Chris Cooke, Inman’s attorney, told the federal magistrate that his client is not guilty of the three crimes he’s charged with. The charges include attempted extortion – which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Inman is also charged with soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.

Inman is accused of trying to sell his vote on Michigan’s former prevailing wage law. That’s a law that required union level wages for public construction contracts, the State legislature repealed it in 2018.

Inman was indicted by a grand jury in early May. Prosecutors say he used his elected position to try to sell his vote on the controversial measure. Inman has since been removed from his party’s caucus in the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House has also asked Inman to resign.

“We’re talking about that,” said Attorney Chris Cooke. “There’s no plans to resign right now.”

Inman is out on a so-called unsecured bond. That means he did not have to give the court any money up front – but if he fails to appear in court, he’ll have to pay 25-thousand dollars. Inman also cannot travel outside of the country.