Michigan Officials criminally charged in Flint Water Crisis

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According to the state’s attorney general, six current and former Michigan and Flint Officials were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the city’s water crisis that is suspected of being responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that led to 12 deaths.

According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said, five officials, including Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, were charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from their roles in handling the crisis.  The involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and is a felony.

Nick Lyon was also charged with one count of misconduct in office, which is a felony and carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells was also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to the police.

The charges stemmed at least 80 cases of Legionnaires disease, of at least 12 cases were fatal.  These cases were believed to be linked to the water in Flint after the city switched water sources. Nick Lyon was aware of the Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Genesee County, at least one year before he informed the public, according to court documents.

According to documents, Wells lied to police about when she became aware of the outbreak, and she threatened a team of independent researchers who were studying the source of the disease.

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