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. …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Both are scheduled to be sentenced next month.
It's been one year since federal officials arrested former County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, on federal charges stemming from a supposed pay-to-play scheme in Prince George's County. Both have pleaded guilty in federal court, and both are due to be sentenced next month. Leslie E. Johnson, the District 6 County Councilwoman at the time, has since resigned the seat. Derrick L. Davis won a special election this fall and now holds the position. On Monday, federal officials released the phone call between the Johnsons, in which Jack suggested Leslie flush a $100,000 check from a developer and stuff $79,600 in her bra. On the call, you can hear the FBI banging on the Johnsons' front door, as they determine what to do with …
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 …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Davis and Turner were often the names on the lips of voters.
About 8 percent of eligible District 6 voters played a major role today in deciding who would replace former County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson. According to county election board numbers, as of 6 p.m. 5,298 of 69,065 eligible voters had unofficially voted in the special primary to replace Johnson, who resigned in July after being federally charged with conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering. There are 15 candidates in today’s primary, 14 Democrats and one Republican. One Democrat and one Republican will advance to the Oct. 18 general election. Because District 6 is heavily Democratic, the winner of the today’s special primary is expected to take the general election. Daneen Banks, deputy administrator of the Prince …
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 …
Monday, August 22, 2011
The District 6 seat—which includes part of South Bowie—was vacated after Leslie Johnson resigned this summer.
Last week, area residents got the chance to quiz District 6 County Council candidates during a forum at Prince George's Community College in Largo. Leslie E. Johnson resigned this summer after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit evidence and witness tampering. Above is a video of last night's forum.