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Michigan State Police investigating Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith for possible embezzlement

Posted: 5:51 PM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 18:25:34-04
Macomb Co. prosecutor could face investigation

(WXYZ) — We now know Michigan State Police are investigating Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith for possible embezzlement.

We’ve been trying for weeks to find out what Michigan State Police obtained in two raids on Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. A Judge ruled this morning that those return tabulations of evidence taken and search warrants that were given to Smith are public documents. Smith is now releasing them.

Press Release - 6-10-19 - Search Warrants & Tabulations by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

As we’ve reported, the documents show state police are investigating 4 off-book bank accounts dating back to 2011 that held close to $2 million in crime forfeiture funds that were controlled only by Prosecutor Eric Smith.

State Police raided the 3 floors of his county offices in April and his personal home in May.

The documents released include the search warrants that show state police were seeking “any and all records and documents… related to the crime of Embezzlement.”

As we reported, the state police took several security cameras from the outside of Smith’s home in May and those were paid for by checks from the forfeiture fund bank accounts. State police say in their documents they were seeking “any and all equipment paid for with public funds.”

Eric Smith has not been charged with a crime. The investigation continues.

Last month he refused to say why he would not release these documents.

The off-book bank accounts were discovered last year by county auditors. The forfeiture funds are now kept in the county system.