MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has resigned his position after he was charged with multiple felonies.
On Friday March 27th, 2020, Smith was charged with embezzlement, misconduct in office and conducting a criminal enterprise. Investigators estimate the total amount of money embezzled related to his crimes since 2012 to be around $600,000.
In a letter he wrote the following:
Since 1993, I have served the citizens of Macomb County as an assistant prosecuting attorney and then as the elected prosecuting attorney to the best of my abilities. I could never see myself in any other profession. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated public servants one could hope to know. From my colleagues in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, members of the judiciary, members of local, county and state government, to the men and women in law enforcement departments across the state, I am honored to have stood shoulder to shoulder with so many exemplary people in the fight for justice.
With that said, it is with heavy heart that today I am announcing my immediate resignation from the Office of the Macomb County Prosecutor. After much reflection, I know that for the betterment of my family, my health, and the citizens of Macomb County it is time for me to step aside so that the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office can continue its great tradition of serving and protecting the county.
There have been several allegations leveled against me by the Michigan Department of Attorney General in the past few days. I intend to whole-heartedly defend myself against those allegations. I have been part of the criminal justice system for close to thirty years. Know that I have absolute confidence that our cherished justice system will bring forth the truth and exonerate me.
To the citizens of Macomb County, thank you for allowing me to be your prosecutor for so many years. I remain humbled by your trust and confidence in me. The Office of the Macomb County Prosecutor is bigger than any one person. I know that the office will continue to serve the county with distinction. God bless you all.
Eric Smith faces 10 charges:
- 1 count official misconduct in office – a five-year felony;
- 1 count tampering with evidence in a civil proceeding – a four-year felony;
- 1 count accessory after the fact to Liston’s embezzlement by a public official – a five-year felony;
- 1 count conducting a criminal enterprise – a 20-year felony;
- 5 counts embezzlement by a public official – a 10-year felony – one count each for years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; and
- 1 count using a computer to commit or conspire to commit a crime – a 10-year felony that may be sentenced consecutively.