Nine Former Government Officials Charged in the Flint Water Crisis Investigation
MICHIGAN - Formal charges have been made against those allegedly responsible in the Flint water crisis investigation.
Nine people turned themselves in for charges in their alleged involvement in the Flint water crisis as a result of the largest criminal investigation in the history of the state of Michigan.
Nicholas Lyon, former Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of willful neglect of duty.
Eden Wells, former Chief Medical Executive, was charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of willful neglect of duty and two counts of misconduct in office.
Nancy Peeler, former Manager of the Early Childhood Health section at MDHHS, was charged with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of willful neglect of duty.
Gerald Ambrose, former Finance Director and state appointed Emergency Manager for the city of Flint, was charged with four counts of misconduct in office.
Darnell Earley, former state appointed Emergency Manager for the city of Flint, was charged with three counts of misconduct in office.
Howard Croft, former Director of the Department of Public Works for the city of Flint, was charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty.
Richard Snyder, former Michigan Governor, was charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty.
Jarrod Agen, former Director of Communications and Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of Governor Snyder, was charged with one count of perjury.
Richard Baird, former Senior Advisor and Transformation Manager in the Executive Office of Governor Snyder, was charged with one count of misconduct in office, one count of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of extortion.
“This case is about justice, truth, accountability, poisoning children, lost lives, shattered families that are still not whole and simply giving a damn about all of humanity,” said Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy. “We reviewed literally millions and millions of documents, and several hundred electronic devices, executed dozens of search warrants and worked countless hours even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel appointed Worthy and Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud as leads in the investigation.
“I placed my trust and the city of Flints trust in their very capable hands,” said Nessel.
“When an entire city is victimized by the negligence and indifference of those in power it deserves an uncompromising investigation,” said Hammoud. “That is what all citizens in this state are entitled to regardless of their zip code.”
The investigation also included a group of infectious disease experts that studied the deaths that were potentially related to the case.
Former Governor Snyder was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges he is facing.