The mobile devices and computers of former Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, as well as 65 other government officials, have been seized using search warrants in the Flint Water-Crisis Investigation, according to ABC’s WXYZ News.
The warrants to search the mobile devices were procured by the attorney general’s office after being signed by a Flint judge, according to documents the Associated Press acquired through public-records. This report has been confirmed by Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy who helped to carry out a number of search warrants relating to the criminal investigation.
The Flint Water-Crisis began in 2014 when the city of Flint, Michigan switched to the Flint river as its water source which exposed over 100,000 residents to deadly levels of lead. Lead from water pipes contaminated the water because officials didn’t use the necessary corrosion-control treatment.
Officially, 90 people became sick and 12 people died from the exposure, but there are a number of different health and mental problems that arise in adults and especially children when exposed to lead. Former Governor Snyder, his administration, and other officials are under investigation for covering up knowledge about the lead problem in the Flint river.
One warrant opens investigation into Snyder’s phone, iPad, and computer as well.
Similar warrants do the same for officials in the Department of Environmental Quality; the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. The warrants seek information from individuals charged in the investigation and some uncharged officials as well.