2 April 2020
Eric Smith, who was first elected in 2004, was charged with 10 felonies, which include five counts of embezzlement, and single charges of running a criminal enterprise, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit forgery, misconduct in office and accessory after the fact.
He’s accused of misusing money in the forfeiture fund, which comes from drunk drivers and drug forfeitures and should be used publicly for prosecuting crimes or for victims. Instead, he used the money for a personal security system for his house, country club parties, campaign expenses and to buy flowers and make-up for his secretaries.
Smith was released on bail with a $100,000 personal bond. Personal bonds only have to be paid if a defendant does not show up to court.
Three other people were also charged – his former Chief of Staff Benjamin Liston, current Chief of Operations Derek Miller and businessman William Weber. Miller, 36, is charged with conspiracy while Weber, 38, is charged with crimes ranging from forgery to aiding and abetting. They’re alleged to have embezzled more than $600,000 since 2012.
Liston waived his probable cause conference and was released on a $100,000 personal bond, ordered to surrender his passport, and to have no contact with co-defendants or witnesses. His preliminary examination will take place on April 9 at 8:30 a.m.
Oakland County Legal News reported.