Owner of security company pleads guilty to lesser charge in Macomb County embezzlement scheme
The owner of a Metro Detroit security company pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a Macomb County embezzlement case after agreeing to testify against former county prosecutor Eric Smith, who faces a list of corruption charges.
Former Macomb County assistant prosecutor reaches plea deal in alleged embezzlement scheme
LANSING, MI – A former Macomb County official charged with multiple felonies has taken a plea deal. Benjamin Liston, former Macomb County chief assistant prosecutor, pleaded guilty to three counts of willful neglect of duty by a public officer holding public trust on Thursday during a remote hearing in Macomb County court before Judge Cynthia M. Arvant. He will also be required to cooperate in the ongoing prosecution of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and other remaining defendants in the case. Charges were filed in March against Liston along with Smith, then-current Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor and Chief of Operations Derek Miller, and businessman William Weber. Liston worked as chief assistant prosecutor for Macomb County between January 2005 and February 2018.mlive.com
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, Former County Official Arraigned On Felony Charges
LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and Benjamin Liston, former Macomb County assistant prosecutor and chief of operations, were arraigned via video today in Macomb County 41B District Court on multiple felony charges including misconduct in office, embezzlement and conducting a criminal enterprise. Judge Cynthia Arvant from Southfields 46th District Court was assigned to preside over the cases after Macomb County judges recused themselves. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed charges Tuesday against Smith, Liston, current Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Derek Miller and businessman William Weber. He is scheduled for a probable cause conference at 8:30 a.m. April 3 and a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. April 9 in 41B District Court. Weber was arraigned Tuesday afternoon from the Michigan State Police North Metro Post via video in front of Judge Arvant.detroit.cbslocal.com