Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, filed additional charges, including two against former state-appointed emergency managers, on Tuesday, December 20th in relation to the Flint water crisis.
Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose were charged on Tuesday with multiple 20-year felonies as a result of their failure to protect Flint residents from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water. Additional Flint city employees, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, were charged alongside Earley and Ambrose with felony counts of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses in the issuance of bonds to pay for a portion of the water project that led to the crisis.
According to Schuette, Ambrose and Earley were more concerned about money and illegally used an $85 million dollar bond to fund a water pipeline project that required the city to change its water source, despite the treatment plant not being ready. Meanwhile, Croft and Johnson are being accused of helping secure the bond, then pressuring the water treatment employees to get the plant up and running. Chief Investigator Andy Arena said that he was shocked by the fact that so many people knew the water treatment plant was not ready and were advised not to switch the water source, yet they had done so.
Although Flint Mayor Karen Weaver considers these charges among the others a “piece of justice,” she states that nothing will ever right the wrongs that were done.
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