NOVEMBER 15, 2010
In a desperate and somewhat creative effort to conceal their crimes, a husband-and-wife team of elected officials in
The story brings to mind the scandal of a veteran
In this case the married couple helps run
For years the feds have suspected that Jack Johnson, who’s approaching the end of his second term, and other county officials have been taking bribes from real estate developers in exchange for personal and business favors. As FBI agents tried to search the Johnson mansion recently, Jack Johnson ordered his wife to flush a $100,000 bribe from a developer down the toilet and to hide nearly $80,000 in cash in her underwear.
The feds recorded the incriminating telephone conversation and subsequently found $79,000 in cash stuffed into Leslie Johnson’s bra, according to federal prosecutors. The bribes were paid to Jack Johnson by a developer who needed his help securing federal grants for affordable housing projects, according to the feds.
The Johnson’s were arrested at home, released on personal recognizance and placed on home detention with electronic monitoring. Each faces up to two decades in prison. Before getting elected to head the county, Jack Johnson was the county’s prosecutor for eight years. Leslie Johnson spent nearly 30 years working for the
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