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Mr. Gary Southern

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Employment History

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Freedom Industries
  • President
    Freedom Industries
198 Total References
Web References
Dennis Farrell will be sentenced Feb. ..., 16 Oct 2015 [cached]
Dennis Farrell will be sentenced Feb. 11, while former Freedom President Gary Southern's hearing will be Feb. 17.
Gary Southern has been charged ..., 14 May 2015 [cached]
Gary Southern has been charged in a second superseding indictment regarding the Freedom Industries chemical spill and resulting bankruptcy.
Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern has been charged with an additional count of bankruptcy fraud in a new, second superseding indictment made public this week.
Southern now faces a total of 15 criminal charges that carry a maximum statutory penalty of 93 years in prison if convicted on all counts and before federal sentencing guidelines are applied to the case.
The new indictment, handed up by a Beckley grand jury on Tuesday, generally repeats the original Clean Water Act charges related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill and the allegations that Southern then tried to safeguard his personal wealth from Freedoms bankruptcy case and from civil lawsuits filed over the spill.
The new indictment adds a bankruptcy fraud count which elaborates on the governments allegations that Southern tried to downplay his role at Freedom prior as part of a scheme to convince Freedoms claimants and others harmed by the spill that he was not responsible for the incident.
Specifically, the new count alleges that Southern falsely testified during a bankruptcy court hearing that he was just an employee of a company called Blackwater, which was actually the entity through which Freedom paid Southern for his services as chief operating officer of Freedom. The new indictment says that Southern was the investment trustee and sole beneficiary of Southern Investment Trust, which, in turn, was the sole owner of Blackwater.
Former Freedom Industries ..., 20 Aug 2015 [cached]
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical spill in West Virginia in January 2014. Southern is the last of six Freedom officials to plead guilty in the spill, which saw more than 7,000 gallons of... Read more
Former Freedom Industries ..., 20 Aug 2015 [cached]
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern also faces up to three years in prison for role in massive 2014 chemical leak
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical spill in West Virginia in January 2014.
Southern is the last of six Freedom officials to plead guilty in the spill, which saw more than 7,000 gallons of hazardous waste pour from a damaged tank into West Virginia's Elk River-contaminating the state's largest public water supply, which serves 300,000 people.
"Guilty, your honor," Southern said three times when asked by Johnston for his plea to each of the misdemeanor counts.
Southern became a notorious public face for the company after a televised press conference showed him swigging bottled water-even as Kanawha Valley residents remained under an emergency "do not drink" order-and telling reporters he'd had a "long day."
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Residents who expressed anger over Southern's callousness may not be quelled by the terms of his plea deal. Under those stipulations, Southern will get back many of the assets that were seized by authorities during the investigation into the spill-including a Bentley luxury car and $7.3 million from his bank account. However, Southern will also give up the right to sue the federal government over the property seizures, which his lawyers argued in court were illegal.
Prosecutors will also drop 12 felony counts pending against Southern over separate allegations that he had hidden his personal wealth from the FBI while the bureau investigated Freedom's bankruptcy declaration last year.
Southern should be made to pay restitution to everyone within 200 miles of the site of the spill.
Freedom Industries declared bankruptcy within days of the spill (Jan, 2014). Freedom Industries was immediately bought by Chemstream: "Chemstream is owned by Clifford Forrest, president of Rosebud Mining, a Kittanning, Pa.-based company he founded in 1979 and which is now the third-largest underground coal producer in Pennsylvania with 1,400 employees in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The first thing Forrest did was name Southern the CEO who was also compensated $20 million in bonuses.
Former Freedom Industries ..., 19 Aug 2015 [cached]
Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern enters the federal courthouse for a plea hearing on federal charges stemming from the January 2014 chemical leak in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday. Advertisement
CHARLESTON, W.Va. The executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people pleaded guilty Wednesday to pollution charges and could face up to three years in prison.
Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had a long day and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, is the last of six company officials to plead guilty in the spill.
It has been an extremely long day, Southern said, occasionally drinking from a bottle of water. I have trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate if we could wrap this thing up.
Prosecutors portrayed Southern as a wealthy businessman who cared little about safety. In court documents, they considered the United Kingdom citizen a flight risk because he had a pilots license and a plane. Prosecutors said a tracking device wouldnt work on him because his Marco Island, Fla., house was too big.
The government seized $7.3 million and a Bentley from Southern and put a lien on his Florida house. Under the plea deal, he would get those assets back.
Southern and Farrell had said some prosecutors were affected by the spill and tried to get Goodwins office off the case, but they did not succeed.
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