Politician's Wife Busted With $79K in Bra

She hid cash as FBI waited at door; bribery charges likely
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2010 9:06 AM CST
Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, 61, speaks to the media with his lawyers Brian McDaniel, left, and Billy Martin.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – If two FBI agents showed up on your doorstep, it's understandable that you might call your spouse and ask what to do. But that's where Leslie Johnson and Everyman parted ways yesterday morning: "Don't answer it," husband and prominent Democratic Maryland politician Jack Johnson told her, while instructing her to find a $100,000 check from a real estate developer. "Shall I put it down the toilet?" asked Leslie as the feds waited outside. "Yes, flush that," Jack Johnson responded. Problem? The FBI was bugging the call.

There was also the trivial matter of $79,600 in cash, which the Prince George's county executive instructed his wife to hide in her skivvies. "I have it in my bra," she told him, before letting the agents in—agents who had an odd premonition that she might be hiding $79,600 in her bra, reports the Washington Post. Both Johnsons have been charged with witness tampering and destruction of evidence. The Post notes that bribery charges are likely.

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