FLINT, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Dec. 20 that his office has charged two former state of Michigan emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, with allegations of failing to protect Flint citizens from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water.
Earley and Ambrose, along with ex-city of Flint executives Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, also face allegations of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses for their role in the issuance of bonds to pay for part of the KWA water project.
Schuette announced the allegations in a ceremony attended by Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton, Flint water investigation special prosecutor Todd Flood, and chief investigator Andy Arena.
“All too prevalent in this Flint water investigation was a priority on balance sheets and finances rather than health and safety of the citizens of Flint,” Schuette said. “The crisis in Flint was a casualty of arrogance, disdain and a failure of management. An absence of accountability. We will proceed to deliver justice and hold those accountable who broke the law.”
As of Dec. 20, 13 current and former state and local officials have been charged in Schuette’s Flint water contamination case.