South Dakota man charged with felony for making bogus water claims

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man is facing felony charges after authorities say he placed fabricated water quality results on social media that caused panic in the city of Brandon.

A Minnehaha County Grand Jury indicted 47-year-old Kristopher Gagnon on a pair of forgery charges. He’s accused of posting documents on Facebook in July 2019 that showed the city’s tap water wasn’t safe to drink.

City officials held a press conference in early August in attempt to show the documents were bogus and calm fears in the community.