MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Criminal charges are expected in an investigation of how the Macomb County prosecutor spent money, the attorney general’s office said Monday.

Prosecutor Eric Smith has denied wrongdoing. State police searched his home last spring and removed a surveillance camera and other items. Boxes have been seized from his office in Mount Clemens.

“We are concluding a nearly yearlong investigation and expect to file charges shortly,” said Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Investigators have been focusing on how Smith’s office spent money from forfeited assets linked to crimes.

“I have fully cooperated with the state police investigation from the day it began,” Smith said Monday. “I will continue to do so. Furthermore, I stand by my previous statements that these forfeiture funds were spent appropriately in accordance with the law.”

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