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Ex-Freedom Industries Officials Indicted on New Charge

Freedom Industries
Aaron Payne
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a second superseding indictment stemming from a massive chemical spill last January.

The indictment contains a new charge against former Freedom President Gary Southern dealing with the company's bankruptcy. It restates original charges against him and former Freedom official Dennis Farrell.

Southern faces an additional count of lying under oath in bankruptcy court. He faces up to 93 years in prison if convicted.

The January spill turned off tap water for 300,000 people for days.

Southern and Farrell entered pleas of not guilty. Both face federal pollution charges. Southern faces additional bankruptcy fraud charges.

They waived court appearances for arraignments Thursday in Charleston federal court.

Four other former Freedom officials and the company itself have pleaded guilty to federal pollution violations.

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