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Jack Johnson, the former county executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland who told his wife Leslie to flush a $100,000 check down a toilet and to stuff more than $79,000 cash into her underwear as officers closed in on their home, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of extortion, witness and evidence tampering.

62 year old Johnson, who presided over the county for eight years, admitted that he accepted a $100,000 check from a developer in exchange for his influence in steering funds to the developer’s project.

Johnson, flanked by his legal team and ministers, made a brief statement outside of the courthouse Tuesday.

I wish I could talk about this case; I will do so in the future,” Johnson said. “First of all, this has been a very trying time for my family and I, and we have been sustained by the grace of God, a lot of good friends and a lot of prayers.

Leslie Johnson was scheduled to enter a guilty plea earlier this month, but that hearing was cancelled. Jack Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

via BlackMedia.Com and WAMU

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