Jarrod Agen, the former Chief of Staff to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was arraigned Thursday morning after being indicted by a grand jury on one felony count of perjury for allegedly lying “during an investigative subpoena investigation” involving the Flint water crisis. The allegations involved “giving false statements under oath,” said Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa A. Hammoud at a press conference late Thursday morning.
The court entered a not guilty plea on Agen’s behalf. The alleged crime carries a possible fifteen year prison sentence under Michigan law. The statute under which Agen is charged states:
A person who makes a false statement under oath in an examination conducted under this chapter knowing the statement is false is guilty of