Friday, March 9, 2012
The former councilwoman convicted of conspiracy starts her sentence in a West Virginia prison Friday.
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson headed to a West Virginia prison Friday to start her year-and-a-day-long sentence, ABC7 reports. Johnson pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy for her role in a corruption scheme lead by her husband, former county executive Jack Johnson, who is currently serving his sentence in a North Carolina prison. She is infamously known for stuffing cash into her bra after being directed to do so by her husband, while they were being wiretapped by federal investigators.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The former Prince George's County Executive must start his federal prison term in North Carolina Saturday.
Time has run out for former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to remain a free man. Johnson is scheduled to begin his 87-month sentence in federal prison today, Feb. 18, in Butner, NC, Jeffrey Harding, one of Johnson’s attorneys told The Washington Post. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were both indicted on federal charges in November 2010. Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering after admitting he accepted cash, airfare and other gifts in exchange for changing laws and results of inspections in May 2011 and his wife pleaded guilty to detroying evidence, after she infamously stuffed $79,000 in her underwear and tried flushing a $100,000 check down the toliet. She later resigned from her …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson received jail time for her role in her husband's political corruption case.
Update, 12:45 p.m.: Leslie Johnson sentenced to 12 months for evidence tampering in corruption investigation involving husband Jack Johnson. -- WTOP Read more in The Washington Post. Update, 12:30 p.m.: Leslie Johnson asks court for probation so she can earn the "community's forgiveness through service." -- WTOP tweet. Update, 12:14 p.m.: From WUSA9: "'I'm extremely sorry for my actions in Nov and to the constituents who elected me to represent them in PG County," said Leslie Johnson.'" Update, 12:04 p.m.: Leslie Johnson will take the stand after a 10-minute break, WUSA9 tweets. Johnson's defense claims that she didn't know it was the FBI who came to her door back in November 2010. The defense also claims she didn't know where the cash in …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Johnson is sentenced to seven years and three months in jail, plus three years supervised release.
Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson was sentenced Tuesday to serve seven years and three months in a North Carolina federal prison, ending a sensitive chapter in the county’s long political history. With his sentence, Johnson also received three years of supervised release and must also pay a $100,000 fine, $37,000 of which is due before he goes to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex on Feb. 3. In jail, Johnson must go through an alcohol treatment program. “In my wildest dream, I could not imagine being in a place like this," Johnson said before his sentence at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. "I've lost everything — my reputation, everything I've worked so hard for." During Tuesday’s sentencing, attorneys for …
Monday, December 5, 2011
The former county executive faces sentencing Tuesday morning for years of bribery scheming.
It was a Friday in November 2010 when Prince George’s County was shaken by the arrest of sitting County Executive Jack B. Johnson. He and his wife were charged in federal court for tampering with evidence and attempting to destroy a bribe check. That was the tip of the iceberg. Johnson faces sentencing Tuesday morning for orchestrating a years-long pay-to-play scheme throughout his two terms in office. Johnson accepted up to $1 million in kickbacks from developers and others in the county to whom he delivered favors, as detailed in the sentencing document by federal prosecutors. Johnson faces as many as 14 years in prison, according to The Washington Post. His crimes are worthy of substantial prison time, according to federal prosecutors. …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
What has the scandal meant to you as a Prince George's County resident?
Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, who choreographed one of the most deplorable corruption scandals in the history of Maryland, according to federal officials, will be sentenced Tuesday. Johnson was arrested in November 2010 for accepting bribes in return for political favors. He pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering. According to the sentencing memo obtained by The Washington Post, federal prosecutors call the pay-to-play scheme “one of the most egregious and notorious instances of corruption and obstruction of justice in Maryland history.” His wife, former county Councilwoman Leslie Johnson is set to be sentenced on Friday for her involvement, according to The Washington Post. …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Derrick Leon Davis officially replaces Leslie Johnson as District 6 council member.
The Prince George's County Council is now whole again. Derrick Leon Davis was sworn in as the county council's newest member today in Upper Marlboro, fillling the seat vacated by the resignation of former council member Leslie E. Johnson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year. Since July, residents in District 6 have been without representation on the council. The district includes Upper Marlboro, Largo, Mitchellville, South Bowie, Capital Heights, Forestville, District Heights and Kettering. David said he was anxious to "pull up his sleaves" and begin serving residents. "It feels like we have a lot of work to do," Davis said to a packed room of supporters inside the county administration building. "This day is about …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The former Prince George's County Executive's sentencing has been moved to Dec. 6.
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson was to be sentenced on Sept. 16, but his date has been moved to Dec. 6, according to court documents retrieved by The Washington Post. Johnson pleaded guilty on May 17 to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering in a federal case against him and his wife, which also led to the arrest of Prince George's County police officers and business owners. Johnson's wife is still set to be sentenced on Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Leslie Johnson, a former county councilwoman, pleaded guilty to one count of witness and evidence tampering on June 30. Her plea agreement calls for a 12- to 18-month prison sentence and a forfeiture of $79,600 in cash she tried to hide. She officially resigned from …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Council passes resolution allowing for an Oct. 18 election to replace former councilwoman Leslie Johnson.
The Prince George’s County Council Tuesday approved a resolution for a special election to replace former Councilwoman Leslie E. Johnson who resigned last week after pleading guilty in a corruption scandal. During a special meeting in Upper Marlboro, the council unanimously approved a Sept. 20 primary date and an Oct. 18 general election for District 6, which includes South Bowie, Capitol Heights, District Heights, Forestville, Kettering, Largo and Mitchellville. Because the community is heavily Democratic, it is expected that the winner of the primary will also win the general election. Johnson’s resignation and the election of new council member will mark the close of an embarrassing chapter for the Prince George’s County Council. …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson may appear at County Council after pleading guilty in criminal case.
Less than a week after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges in a federal court, Leslie E. Johnson is due to appear Tuesday in her capacity as a Prince George's County Council member, as calls for her resignation increase. Last week's council meeting was postponed due to a Maryland Municipal League conference in Ocean City. But council members, presumably including Johnson, are scheduled to return today with a full agenda that includes confirmation votes for several county agency heads. An executive session is scheduled for Tuesday, but it's not known what will be discussed. According to Maryland election law, Johnson will not be qualified to hold office once her sentence commences. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on Oct…