By Mike Hellgren

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ)– Headed to prison. The wife of a former county executive will spend more than a year in jail for her role in trying to cover up her husband’s corruption.

As Mike Hellgren reports, she claimed she knew nothing of her husband’s corruption.

The judge said Leslie Johnson knew this was tainted money. Now, she’s going to prison.

She rushed into court and left with a one-year, one-day prison sentence all for hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars her husband, former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, extorted from developers.

He is seen taking a bribe on camera.

The case against Leslie Johnson was largely based on a wiretap made as the FBI was raided her home.

“What do you want me to do with this money? They are banging. What do you want me to do?” Leslie Johnson is heard saying on the wiretap.

“Put it in your panties and walk out of the house,” Jack Johnson suggests.

Leslie Johnson told the judge: “I am extremely sorry and ashamed of my conduct. I take full responsibility for my actions on that day. I did not know anything about the criminal conduct my husband engaged in.”

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte did not buy that, saying: “You are not an innocent spouse, you are a complicit spouse. You helped him conceal it. You knew what he was doing.” Destroy a $100,000 check and hide all that money in her underwear if she didn’t think something was wrong with it.”

“I felt as though she should not have received any jail time,” Abigail Parker, Leslie Johnson’s friend and supporter, said. “They have lost so much.”

“One day at a time, it will be over, and we’ll all be better for it,” Leslie Johnson’s supporter, Mary Ann White, said.

She stayed on the County Council after pleading guilty. Prosecutors say she only ran for office to continue her husband’s “culture of corruption” and that he funded her campaign with his dirty money.

“In government, there are many, many opportunities for corruption if the wrong people wind up in positions where they’re able to exercise discretion,” U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said.

The judge also ordered she perform 240 hours of hands-on community service once she gets out.

Leslie Johnson must report to prison in March. She asked that she serve her sentence at Alderson, W. Va. Her husband will serve his seven-year, three-month sentence at the Butler Prison Complex in North Carolina.

Comments (15)
  1. willie says:

    The husband & wife should be in the same cell serving the time. Now that would be justice & the , “Till death do us part” would be fullfilled……A gleeful taxpayer.


    justice is making them pay it back,not watching cable

  3. Sezmane says:

    Corruption at every level of Government no wonder

  4. Wiseguy says:

    They’ll go to the maryland country club for a few years and then be eligable for the Maryland “Catch and Release” program.

  5. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    Where’s the REST of the MONEY they STOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Kay says:

      They put it in an account with another name, she will spend that when she gets out.

  6. lynn says:

    Maybe its still in her PANTIES??? LOL

  7. Jethro Hooper says:

    Acrooked politician who helps her velonious husband steal a million dollars, and she get one year in jail??? It is a disgusting crime, and a disgusting sentence. What will that judge hand down for the next guy who is caught stealing $500? Should be worth about three minutes behing bars.

  8. the truth says:

    Who says crime doesn’t pay?

  9. Steve Wilson says:

    I agree with what the judge said, although I think she should have gotten a longer sentence. She is obviously just as guilty as her husband and both were trying to cover it up.

  10. HA HA HA says:

    I think i have gotten some of the bills. My wallet smells like fish

    1. willie joe says:

      Ha ha ha, Nah man, not Tuna fish, that’s too sweet. More like Chittlings.

  11. Sezmane says:

    The American justice system at its finest no wonder no one is deterred from commiting white collar crime!!

  12. robby says:

    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.

    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.

    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.

  13. Susan says:

    She & her husband deserved so much more jail time and I hope they have to pay back every cent, with interest. I am so sick of crooked politicians & the only thing that makes Johnson (and his wife) different is that they got caught. I also hope they go to a real prison w/ the other thugs & robbers and not to a Camp Cupcake.

    Maybe it’s time to double the penalties for elected officials when it comes to theft or corruption related crimes? Heck, let’s triple them!

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