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Criminal Investigation

Flint Water Crisis Criminal Investigation

Flint Water Crisis Investigation Team

Criminal Introduction

Upon assuming office in January 2019, Attorney General Nessel’s first major decision was to bring the Flint Water Crisis criminal cases in house to be led by experienced public prosecutors. Between 2016-2018, then Attorney General Bill Schuette had commissioned a private, for-profit law firm – designated as the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) -- to lead the probe, with lead attorney Todd Flood reporting directly to Mr. Schuette.

On January 14, 2019, Attorney General Nessel appointed career prosecutor Fadwa Hammoud as Solicitor General and immediately assigned her to lead the Flint investigation and associated cases. Prior, Attorney General Nessel had requested Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Kym L. Worthy review the pending criminal cases and possibly co-lead the prosecutions. On February 15, after a thorough assessment of the pending cases, Solicitor General Hammoud announced that Prosecutor Worthy would co-lead the prosecution team. 

Nessel entrusted Hammoud and Worthy with two overarching goals: 1) hold any wrongdoers accountable for their actions, and 2) ensure the integrity of their work so that the residents of Flint could trust the process.

Flint Water Prosecution Tip Line: 833-643-5468

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