Probe of Ex-Lawmaker's Switch to GOP Cost $53,000

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Two special prosecutors have billed Ingham County taxpayers $53,000 to investigate a former Michigan lawmaker's scheme to switch parties just before an election deadline.

The yearlong probe of the switch of ex-Rep. Roy Schmidt of Grand Rapids to the Republican Party wrapped up Friday with no indictments.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina served as a one-judge grand jury. He says "Attorney A" charged about $16,000 and "Attorney B" billed about $37,000.

The prosecutors appointed to investigate were ex-Ingham County assistant prosecutor Michael Ferency and ex-Republican state attorney general candidate John Smietanka.

Nineteen witnesses interviewed during the investigation split about $300 in fees and mileage reimbursement.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger barely survived re-election because of his role in the scheme. Schmidt lost re-election.


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