Former EM Darnell Earley among 4 being charged in Flint water probe

- Two former Flint Emergency Managers and two city employees are the latest to face charges in the Flint water crisis investigation. 

State-appointed Emergency Managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose are facing three charges each: False Pretenses and Conspiracy, a 20-year felony; Misconduct in Office, a 5-year felony; and Willful Neglect of Duty, a misdemeanor. 

City employees Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson are each charged with one count of False Pretenses and Conspiracy to Commit False Pretenses, a 20-year felony. 

"Nobody's on the table; nobody's off the table," Schuette said when asked if even more charges could be coming. 

Nine other people, so far, have been charged in an investigation of Flint's lead-tainted water system and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Those nine are eight current or former state employees and a Flint water plant employee. Some have taken plea deals and others are proceeding to trial. 

Earley and Ambrose are the highest-profile officials that have been charged to date. 

Flint's water system became contaminated with lead because water from the Flint River wasn't treated for corrosion for 18 months. The water ate away at a protective coating inside old pipes and fixtures, releasing lead.

You can watch a replay of Attorney General Bill Schuette's news conference on the FOX 2 Facebook page, or on our YouTube page here

FOX 2's Amy Lange was at the news conference and will have more coverage on the new charges tonight on FOX 2 News beginning at 5 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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