Hearing resumts for ex-Macomb Co. prosecutor on misconduct claims

Clinton Township — A county commissioner and former workplace supervisor for ex-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric

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.