FLINT, Michigan. – Michigan’s attorney general filed more criminal charges Tuesday in the investigation of lead-tainted water in Flint, focused on two former state-appointed emergency managers who were active in the restive city and had an important role in the making of any changes made to the offer that the cause of the crisis.
Former emergency managers darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose were charged with four crimes, including conspiracy. Attorney General Bill Schuette said she committed Flint $85 million in bonds to help build a new water pipeline to Lake Huron, while at the same time by using a city water plant was not equipped to treat water from the Flint River.
Schuette also accused of the former Flint city employees Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson conspiracy and false pretences. Croft was the director of public works from December 2011 to November 2015. Johnson was Flint utilities director.
Johnson’s attorney, Edwar Zeineh, said that his client will plead not guilty. The others and their lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.
Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead because of the water from the Flint River was not treated against corrosion for 18 months, from April 2014 to October 2015. The water ate a protective coating on the inside of old pipes and fixtures, releasing lead.
During a press conference, Schuette said the water debacle was a result of “arrogance, contempt, and a failure of management.”
The latest charges bring to 13 the number of people who have been charged in the investigation of Flint water and an outbreak of legionnaires ‘ disease. The other nine are eight current and former state employees and a Flint water plant employee.
Schuette said the investigation is not over yet, although “we are getting closer to the end than we are to the beginning.”