Contact: Jennifer Putney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2021
Prosecutor Requests Restitution for Macomb County Residents
Mount Clemens, Michigan — Macomb County Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido is calling on State of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to use restitution funds from criminal cases associated with former Prosecutor Eric Smith’s criminal case to make the Prosecutor Forfeiture Accounts whole again.
Last week, defendant William Weber paid almost $24,000 in restitution for his involvement in a forgery/embezzlement scheme with former Prosecutor Smith. Additionally, former Chief Assistant Ben Liston will likely be ordered to pay restitution at his sentencing for his neglect of duty in the embezzlement scheme.
“The victims of these crimes are the Macomb County residents and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office. We seek restitution for victims every day, and these cases are no different. I have zero tolerance for those who attempt to cheat the public,” stated Prosecutor Lucido. “Corruption will not be tolerated, especially by those who have taken an oath to uphold the law.”
The Prosecutor’s request to have these restitution funds re-deposited into the Forfeiture Accounts will ensure these accounts are made whole, while at the same time providing necessary resources for enhancements to law enforcement to keep our community safe.
Macomb County Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido reminds the public that the accused are innocent until proven guilty.