Former Macomb County prosecutor to appear for plea hearing Wednesday

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 17:43:29-05

(WXYZ) — Months after being arraigned in federal court on a charge of obstruction of justice, former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith will appear before a judge on Jan. 27 for a plea hearing.

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The hearing was postponed in November 2020 after Smith tested positive for the coronavirus. He was admitted to a local hospital with severe symptoms and treated, then released.

In September 2020, 7 Action News reported that Smith signed a plea deal with the feds for a sentence recommendation of one to two years. His charge could come with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Smith faces additional charges and ten counts, including embezzlement and racketeering following a raid at his home and office.

It is alleged that Smith and three others stole $600,000 from forfeiture funds collected in drug and drunk driving cases.

Smith will appear in front of District Judge Linda V. Parker via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.