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Call recorded during probe of alleged Capitol bribery scheme

May 23, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The government says it has a recorded phone call between a state lawmaker and a union representative last summer when authorities were investigating an alleged scheme to trade votes for money.

Rep. Larry Inman was charged last week with soliciting a bribe and other crimes. Prosecutors on Thursday filed a list of some evidence, including a June phone call with someone from the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. The union representative agreed to the recording.

Inman, a Republican from the Traverse City area, is accused of urging the union to round up campaign contributions from other labor groups to ensure that lawmakers would block repeal of a wage law.

The government says no money changed hands. Inman voted for the repeal. He says text messages to union representatives have been misinterpreted.

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