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2 Codefendants Sentenced in Embezzlement Probe of Ex-Macomb Prosecutor Eric Smith

Mr. Manzella represents businessman William Weber, who admitted to falsifying an invoice at ex-Macomb prosecutor Eric Smith’s request. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, with felony offenses dismissed during the sentencing.

Center Line Police Prejudiced Against Woman Due to Her Skin Color

L’Tonya Marie Payne, a 51-year-old black woman, is facing misdemeanor assault charges following an altercation. The complaining witness, who is white, stated the police would not believe Ms. Payne due to her skin color. Attorney Vince Manzella is working alongside Ms. Payne to fight these allegations, as she was arrested simply on the basis of the witness’s word.

Former Nonprofit Director Faces Embezzlement Charges

Joseph Wolf, former director of the Detroit Stars, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Wolf pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the nonprofit youth baseball league. Typically, the felony count can result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $15,000, and other charges, but Lucido & Manzella, P.C. was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence.

Possession Accusations Against Charles Frontera Resolved

Charles Frontera, a former Roseville city councilman, was sentenced to a year of probation after a misdemeanor charge was dismissed at sentencing. During a pretrial conference, Mr. Frontera pleaded guilty to substance possession, and in doing so, Attorney Manzella was able to protect the client from severe charges.

Security Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud Accusations

William Weber, owner of Weber Security Group Inc., was accused by former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith of falsifying an invoice that allegedly confirmed the installation of a security system at Smith’s home. Despite the case’s complexity, Lucido & Manzella, P.C. successfully defended Mr. Weber against four felonies, which included larceny by conversion, forgery, aiding and abetting, and concealing stolen property.

Manslaughter Charges Against Three Men Dropped

Manslaughter charges against three men who were initially charged in the death of 24-year old Kenneth Klingler were rescinded. The men were accused of beating the victim to death in a physical altercation, but investigators determined that the victim passed away from head injuries caused by a vehicle impact. A video was released showing that Klingler survived the altercation and walked into a busy street, where he was struck by a vehicle. Despite how “bizarre” the case was, Lucido & Manzella, P.C. successfully proved the defendants’ innocence.

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