Authorities charged a suburban Detroit prosecutor with corruption Tuesday, alleging he ran a criminal enterprise and embezzled cash for country club catering, home security cameras and other perks.
Eric Smith, the chief law enforcer in Macomb County, Michigan’s third-largest, had repeatedly declared his innocence while state police spent months poring over documents and canceled checks.
Smith tapped accounts that held money from drunken driving cases, bad check cases and assets forfeited in drug crimes, according to the attorney general’s office. In 2018, he closed bank accounts and turned over $233,000 to the county, finally meeting the demands of the treasurer.
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