Clinton Township — A county commissioner and former workplace supervisor for ex-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith shared particulars Thursday of an interior-office fund that Smith is accused of tapping for personalized fees.
Jennifer Meech, who’d worked as an office environment manager for Smith’s administration, testified for the duration of Smith’s continuing preliminary examination in Mount Clemens District Courtroom that for expenses for the business office necessary comprehensive types to be done, licensed and reviewed. But 4 accounts or money, she said, Smith tapped or directed to be employed for some expenditures.
Macomb County Commissioner Robert Leonetti also testified Thursday, indicating in 2016 when he was managing for business office, Derek Miller, a top aide of Smith’s who also faces prison charges, informed him of a fund in the prosecutor’s business office that belonged in the county’s common fund.
Miller, who at the time was operating for treasurer, did not elaborate, Leonetti stated.
“We were to go over it later following the election but never ever did,” Leonetti testified.
Smith was charged in March 2020 with embezzlement, forgery and misconduct in business office in relationship with $600,000 in forfeiture cash taken from individuals billed in drug and drunk driving incidents.
Smith resigned his article after Michigan Attorney Standard Dana Nessel issued a total of 10 counts, like conspiracy, tampering with proof and legal business. Michigan Point out Polcie raided Smith’s office environment in April 2020 and his home in Could 2020 as element of the investigation.
The resources Smith is accused of using are meant for law enforcement needs but in accordance to investigators, Smith allegedly employed them for individual explanations ranging from throwing get-togethers for staffers, acquiring presents, and owning a sophisticated surveillance procedure put in at his Macomb Township residence.
Smith allegedly had four accounts referred to as “negative test restitution,” “OWI forfeiture,” “Warren drug courtroom,” and “drug forfeiture” that he preserved on his very own devoid of county treasurer oversight.
Two many others — former assistant prosecutor Benjamin Liston and Macomb County businessman William Weber — formerly pleaded responsible to relevant charges and are testifying in opposition to Smith. They have not been sentenced.
A county audit and interior investigation unveiled inappropriate paying out in 2018.
At a listening to this summer months, Weber, who owns an electronics company, explained Smith experienced him set up a home protection procedure at his house. Smith allegedly informed him he feared it may well hurt his graphic and hurt him politically if it turned public information.
Smith, 54, had been an assistant prosecutor prior to elected to the top job in 2004.
In January, Smith pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice costs similar to the improper use of $70,000 from his reelection fund and trying to get a friend and two former assistant prosecutors to lie to a grand jury.
Under the plea agreement, he is expected to serve between 15 months to 21 months in prison. Sentencing ahead of U.S. District Choose Linda Parker is established for Nov. 18.
If observed responsible of the condition prices, Smith faces up to 20 a long time in jail. He continues to be totally free on bond.
The listening to will carry on on Nov. 19.