Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith tests positive for COVID-19

Smith accused of alleged embezzlement scheme

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith speaks during a news conference about school threats on April 3, 2018. (WDIV)

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan.

Smith was scheduled for a plea hearing in federal court on Friday. That hearing has been pushed back to Dec. 17.

According to officials, Smith was released from a local hospital on Nov. 9, but continues to “exhibit severe symptoms of the virus" and is in quarantine.

Smith faced a federal judge in September in connection to an alleged embezzlement scheme. His plea was a part of an ongoing investigation into spending from a public forfeiture fund. Smith said he had told three people -- two assistant prosecutors and a friend -- to lie about the use of campaign funds.

He is also facing charges of embezzlement and racketeering for his spending of $600,000 from an obscure Macomb County forfeiture fund.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.