Jail or work for McCotter aide in campaign probe

LIVONIA (AP) -- A woman who worked for a Detroit-area congressman must serve 20 days in jail or spend that time in a work program for her role in a campaign scandal that kept Thaddeus McCotter off the ballot.

Lorianne O'Brady was a scheduler in McCotter's district office. She pleaded no contest last month to falsely stating that she had collected signatures to get McCotter on the ballot when she didn't actually circulate the petitions.

O'Brady was sentenced last Thursday by a Livonia judge. She also faces 12 days in jail if she doesn't pay $2,625 in fines and court costs.

Three other former McCotter aides face felony charges in the petition probe. McCotter didn't qualify for the August Republican primary because he failed to submit 1,000 valid signatures. He quit Congress in July.

Published: Mon, Oct 29, 2012