Former Freedom Industries Execs Arraigned in West Virginia

Four former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a superseding indictment stemming from a chemical spill last January that turned off tap water for 300,000 people.

The indictment contains a new charge against former Freedom President Gary Southern stemming from the company’s bankruptcy. It restates original charges against him and three other former executives.

Southern faces a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier. He faces up to 88 years in prison if convicted.

He, William Tis, Charles Herzing and Dennis Farrell previously were charged with federal Clean Water Act violations.

Farrell pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

In court filings this week, Southern, Tis and Herzing pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment and waived their rights to be present at Thursday’s arraignment.