Documents speak of widespread conspiracy in Prince George's
Updated: May 18, 2011 - 07:15 pm
Johnson's wife tried to hide almost $80,000 in her underwear
Jack Johnson instructed his wife to flush a $100,000 check down a toilet and stuff cash in her bra on the day of the arrests, according to the criminal complaint.
"Put it in your bra and walk out or something, I don't know what to do," Jack Johnson allegedly told his wife after she called him to say that two women were at the door.
Agents who eventually searched Leslie Johnson recovered $79,600 from her underwear. The FBI was using court-approved wire taps to record the conversation.
Leslie Johnson was elected to the County Council shortly before the November arrest and was sworn in despite calls from several council members to step aside, the Associated Press reports. She was scheduled to enter a guilty plea earlier this month, but the hearing was abruptly canceled. Johnson had earlier pleaded not guilty to eight charges related to taking bribes from developers and businessmen during his eight years in office.
Johnson’s case is related to three other cases. The former director of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, James Edward Johnson, 66, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit extortion. He’s not related to Jack Johnson.
In addition, Dr. Mirza Hussain Baig, 67, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit extortion in connection to paying a bribe to Jack Johnson and James Johnson. Also, developer Patrick Ricker, 52, pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiring to commit honest services fraud and to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and to tax evasion.
Authorities said Baig, a doctor and developer, Ricker and others gave Jack Johnson and James Johnson money, drinks, rounds of golf and other things in exchange for favorable dealings with their businesses.
“After eight years, it's a total let-down for the people, especially the people that were supporters of him,” said Prince George's resident Equaler Jamison.
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