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Ex-Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith to be sentenced in fraud scheme | #phishing | #scams | #hacking | #aihp

Detroit — Disgraced former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith is set to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in a lengthy fraud scheme. 

The federal government is seeking a 21-year prison sentence for Smith, arguing he abused his position, pushed subordinates to lie and obstructed justice.

“Smith’s crimes were serious, extensive, and damaging,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed last week in U.S. District Court.

“… He had power, prestige, and influence that came with being an elected official. But, sadly, this was not enough. Motivated by greed, he used his position to line his pockets with money that did not belong to him, and worse yet, to force others to lie to law enforcement for him. Moreover, his crimes were calculated, and repetitive — hardly the product of a momentary lapse in judgment.”

Smith was charged in March 2020 with embezzlement, forgery and misconduct in office in connection with $600,000 in forfeiture funds taken from persons charged in drug and drunk driving incidents.

He also resigned from office amid state charges that he misused county funds taken from lawbreakers in drug and drunken driving cases, pleaded guilty early last year in federal court to obstructing justice.

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