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Matthew Smith case assigned to Oakland County

PONTIAC — The case of a Genesee County man accused of making a threatening phone call to Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly earlier this year has been assigned to Oakland County, the state attorney general’s office said.

Phone records received by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office showed Smith had called Kelly around 1 a.m. March 6. First claiming to be from TV6, Smith then claimed to be a representative of the TV show “Hoarders,” Kelly said in a statement. She also said Smith had called her a “f—— b—-“ and threatened to kill her dogs.

Smith has denied calling Kelly, saying his number has been spoofed. According to a Houghton County Sheriff’s office incident report, Justin Kasieta, Kelly’s opponent in the clerk race, provided a statement to the sheriff’s office where he admitted to listening in on the call. He said the call had been Smith’s idea. He denied hearing Smith make any threats, though he admitted Smith cursed at Kelly, the report said.

Kelly was sued in Houghton County by Beverly Smith, an employee in the Houghton County clerk’s office, who said Kelly had falsely claimed that Smith threatened to run her over.

Smith, a member of the Davison Community Schools board, also ran unsuccessfully for the Genesee County Board this year. Kelly also beat Kasieta in her bid for re-election.

After investigating, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office referred the case to the Michigan State Police, which then sent its findings to the state attorney general’s office.

Messages were left with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office seeking comment Monday and Tuesday.

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