Former Macomb County prosecutor charged with obstruction of justice

 

Date: September 9, 2020

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Today an Information was filed in federal court charging former elected Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith with obstruction of justice for attempting to get a friend and two of his assistant prosecutors to make false statements to federal law enforcement officers and a federal grand jury in a federal criminal investigation of Smith's own criminal conduct.

Former Prosecutor Eric Smith, of Macomb Township, was charged with obstruction of justice, a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison. The charge was based on an investigation that revealed that between 2012 and 2020, Smith conducted two fraud schemes to steal approximately $75,000 in cash from his political campaign fund to use for personal expenses. Then, when he became aware of a federal grand jury investigation in 2019, Smith began a campaign of a different sort, imploring witnesses to lie and commit perjury on his behalf to federal authorities and a federal grand jury.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, FBI Special Agent Brent Nida of the FBI's Macomb County Resident Agency, and Special Agent Robert Beeckman of the Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. Michael Bullotta and Robert Moran and David Gardey.