GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — Extortion, bribery and tampering with evidence.  Powerful former politician Jack Young pleaded not guilty to all of those charges against him.

Kelly McPherson has the new developments in the Prince George’s County corruption scandal.

Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson ended his term under the shadow of an FBI raid and an eight- count federal indictment in November.

“I’m innocent of these charges,” he said.

Tuesday, he stuck to the story and entered a not guilty plea.

“You know, I don’t even recognize the person that’s being charged in these indictments,” he said.

The feds have more than a year’s worth of wiretapped conversations, but it’s the recorded call between Johnson and his wife, Leslie—a new county council member who is also indicted—that caught the most attention.  As the FBI knocked on their door, Johnson asked his wife about a $100,000 check that agents say was a bribe payment from a developer.  She says over the phone, “Do you want me to put it down the toilet?”  He says, “Yes, flush that.”  Then the affidavit says Leslie Johnson stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash into her bra.

“We know that the government has had a five or six year head start on us,” said his lawyer.  “We’re going to attack the wiretaps and all of the information.”

“I’m just flabbergasted,” Johnson said.

A Prince George’s County office, Sinisa Simic, and an accomplice are facing new charges this week.  They were already named in the corruption probe but now they face extortion charges.  They’re linked to the owners of a liquor store chain in Clarksville.  The FBI says the group transported alcohol and cigarettes from Virginia—tax-free—by paying off police officers.

Comments (8)
  1. Doug says:

    Typical corrupt politician ,low life.
    What do you think drove him into the political arena in the first place ??
    Greed and power.
    I say Chinese justice for Mr.Johnson.
    And post,haste.
    Read him his crimes and take him out front, in public and execute him for crimes against the people and abuse of office.

  2. Herman Glimsher says:


    1. pigeon says:

      Oh sure it is you stupid idiot. Everytime something goes wrong for a black person you think it’s always the white man’s fault?! You are one of the reasons that the nasty word “prejudice” will never die! GO TO CHURCH!

    2. Teajay says:

      I think he’d have a better chance with the Flip Wilson defense ” The Devil made me do it ” than your NAACP bull.

      1. whatnow says:

        I loved Flip Wilson!

  3. pigeon says:

    I for one never expected him to plead guilty, did anyone really!

  4. Tracey Reitterer says:

    Pretty ballsy considering they were caught on tape & the wife had money in her undies. lol What losers!

  5. Randall says:

    The churches in Prince Georges County are the major contributors to this scandal taking place. No church leadership, no government leadership, and no community involvement from the Prince Georges County citizens is the reason that all this corruption has come to light. Jack Johnson and his wife are the only ones that we’re caught!,

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