Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith faces 21 months in federal prison
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith‘s long-held political sway quickly diminished in 2019 when Michigan State Police troopers raided his office and home for records. Nearly two years later, Smith admitted in a virtual hearing Wednesday to stealing over $74,000 from his campaign fund through two different fraud schemes, officials said. Read: Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith pleads guilty to obstruction of justice, faces prison timeFederal investigators claim Smith brought employees into a back stairwell inside the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and worked to steer the investigation away from him. I accept my punishment”“Some may view Smith’s conviction as a reason to lack confidence in our elected officials or our prosecutors. Smith’s case is that kind of case.
Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith pleads guilty to obstruction of justice, faces prison time
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith is facing a federal prison sentence after he admitted to stealing over $74,000 from his campaign fund through two different fraud schemes, officials said. Smith, 53, of Macomb Township, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Jan. 27) to one count of obstruction of justice. AdAs part of the plea, Smith admitted to stealing over $74,000 from his campaign fund through two different fraud schemes. MORE: Eric Smith accused of turning Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office into criminal enterpriseIn one scheme, Smith lied and said he was using funds to pay rent on office space for his re-election efforts, authorities said. In the second scheme, Smith wrote a check for $20,000 from the campaign fund to an assistant Macomb County prosecutor for “consulting” work, according to authorities.
How a Michigan woman went from federal prison back to running her own business
DETROIT A Michigan womans path took her from real estate success to federal prison -- but that sentence wasnt the ending of her story. She was caught up in a scandal of her own making in 2008 as a building real estate mogul. Federal authorities caught on to her scheme and she was sentenced to federal prison. Now, she has left behind her rap sheet and gone back to real estate building numerous revenue streams. Her real estate company has sold more than 600 properties.
Faith leaders call for Kwame Kilpatrick sentence commutation
DETROIT Another push began Friday to shorten the sentence for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Ebony Magazine gathered dozens of faith leaders from around the country and many voiced their opinions on why Kilpatrick should be released from prison. ORIGINAL STORY: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutationIts been more than seven years since the former mayor was sentenced to 28 years. In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
Live today: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutation
A group pushing for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatricks prison sentence to be commuted and debts to be forgiven is holding a virtual news conference Friday morning. Their news conference is calling for the commutation of Kilpatricks sentence and debt forgiveness for thousands of Black farmers. Heres a statement from EBONY:"Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
Kwame Kilpatrick loses another appeal to get out of federal prison
DETROIT – Kwame Kilpatrick has been denied his latest application to appeal his federal prison sentence. The former Detroit mayor was sentenced to a term of 28 years in prison back in 2013 after he was found guilty on 24 of 30 counts, including racketeering. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals had denied his original appeal of his conviction and sentence. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge. Part of Kilpatrick’s argument that the district court judge was “biased” involved a wedding card.