Eric Smith Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Eric Smith Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

(STL.News) Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, 53, of Macomb Township, pleaded guilty to a one-count Information charging him with Obstruction of Justice, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Smith entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Linda V. Parker in United States District Court in Detroit this morning.

According to court records, Smith admitted to obstructing justice by attempting to get a friend and two of his assistant county 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.  The charge was based on an investigation by the Federal Bureau of 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.  When he became aware of a federal grand jury investigation in 2019, Smith pressured three witnesses to lie and commit perjury on his behalf to federal authorities and a federal grand jury.

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