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Crime Macomb Prosecutor Eric Smith To Face Charges Over Misuse Of Funds

19:25  23 march  2020
19:25  23 march  2020 Source:   wwjnewsradio.radio.com

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(WWJ) A Lansing source indicates that Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith will turn himself in to be arraigned on charges this morning stemming from an investigation into misuse of office funds.

At issue is $2 million in forfeiture funds collected by his office.

The issue came to light when Michigan State Police raided Smith's tony Macomb County home last year and were seen leaving with computers and cell phones.

Surveillance cameras mounted to his home were also removed.

The warrant request indicated tinvestigators were searching for "all documents and records related to funds received from drug forfeitures, operating while intoxicated vehicle forfeitures, the bad check restitution program, and the Warren drug court from December 2011 to November 2018."

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Prosecutor Eric Smith is under investigation for how he handled the funds , which are supposed to be used for specific police and law enforcement Many of those charges were made with Smith 's secretary's Amex card. The secretary's name, Lori Addelia, appears on more than 100 checks totaling

– Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has run the asset forfeiture funds out of his office with no county oversight. Last year, Macomb County Treasurer He then fought a lawsuit by two activists who wanted to see where the money was going. Smith lost and was forced to turn over the checks that

One allegation said Smith put $900,000 in an account only he could access.

At issue is the way Smith handled those funds, Macomb Commissioner Leon Drolet told WWJ's Charlie Langton at the time. For instance, if $900 is seized in a bust the money should go to the county treasurer's office where the Board of Commissioners would decide how to allocate the money.

"What's happening here is the prosecutor has been assessing the fine of the $900 and not turning the money over to the county treasurer and it's not being appropriated through the normal channel of officials. Instead, he's been putting the money into bank accounts for many years that only he had access to," Drolet says.

Speaking to reporters a year ago, Smith acknowledged this "doesn't look great," but said he welcomes the AG's investigation as he has nothing to hide.

He later issued the following statement via email:

"This morning, as you know, members of the Michigan State Police appeared at my home as part of their investigation into the Macomb County Prosecutor's Forfeiture Fund. My family and I complied with their requests and cooperated fully, as I have promised to do from the beginning of this process. I will continue to cooperate fully and supply the State Police with any information they need to conclude their investigation."

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