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Thu August 9, 2012
Downstate petition probe leads to charges
DETROIT, MI (AP)-- Michigan's attorney general is bringing criminal charges against at least two people following his investigation of fake and duplicate signatures on the nominating petitions submitted by then-U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.
Bill Schuette plans a Detroit news conference Thursday to announce results of the probe of the petition scandal, which knocked the Republican congressman off the ballot and led to his resignation.
Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout declined comment Wednesday on whether McCotter is being charged. She says the case involves both felony and misdemeanor charges and says more than one person faces charges.
The failure of the Livonia congressman to submit the needed signatures paved the way for tea party-backed Kerry Bentivolio to win the GOP nomination in Tuesday's primary. He faces Democrat Syed Taj in the Nov. 6 election.