Criminal Charges Filed in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis


Flint, Michigan water tower. (photo: AP)
Flint, Michigan water tower. (photo: AP)

 

Paul Egan and Matthew Dolan | Detroit Free Press | Reader Supported News | April 20, 2016

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ichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce criminal charges today in connection with his ongoing investigation of the Flint drinking water crisis, three sources familiar with the investigation told the Free Press on Tuesday.

Officials believe the city got artificially low lead readings because they didn’t test the homes most at risk — those with lead service lines or other features putting them at high risk for lead. Among those to be charged is a City of Flint official who signed a document saying the homes Flint used to test tap water under the federal Lead and Copper Rule all had lead service lines — a statement investigators allege was false.

Schuette is to announce felony and misdemeanor charges against at least two, and possibly as many as four people, according to two other sources familiar with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected, sources said.

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