A prosecutor from Macomb County is facing serious white-collar criminal charges. He is accused of taking money from drug and alcohol forfeiture funds over the course of several years. He was given a $100,000 personal bond, as was his former chief of operations. The two men are facing charges in Michigan for allegedly embezzling $600,000 since 2012.
Because in-person operations at courts are suspended temporarily, the arraignment took place on video. This came after the conclusion of a yearlong investigation into the actions of the two men. The former prosecutor is charged with various different counts of embezzlement, as well as official misconduct, operating a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit forgery and more. The chief of operations is also facing specific charges of embezzlement, operating a criminal enterprise and official misconduct.
The two men supposedly took money seized from drug and alcohol cases for personal use. They allegedly used these funds for things such as personal security systems, personal gifts for secretaries, catering for parties, campaign expenses and more. The charges they are facing are felony offenses, and a conviction of any one of these charges can result in four to 20 years behind bars.
Even without an element of violence or causing physical harm to another person, allegations of embezzlement and charges of financial crimes are serious offenses. At this point, both Michigan men have the right to build a strong defense for themselves in order to effectively confront the charges they are facing. Through their defense strategy, they can fight for their future interests, personal freedom and constitutional rights.