Ex-Macomb County prosecutor sentenced to 21 months in prison for fraud scheme

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. - Macomb County Prosecutor's Office
Macomb County Prosecutor's Office
Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.
Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, who spent 15 years putting people behind bars, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison on a felony count of obstructing justice.

Smith, 55, of Macomb Township, misspent nearly $75,000 from his campaign fund through schemes from 2012 to 2019.

Smith resigned from office in March 2020 and pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in January 2021.

Sentencing guidelines called for 15 to 21 months of incarceration.

Smith is also facing 10 felony counts, including misconduct in office and conducting a criminal enterprise, in state court for allegedly participating in a scheme to embezzle $600,000 in county forfeiture funds.

In that case, his next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

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