Leslie Johnson pleads to 2 conspiracy counts

P.G. Council member keeps job for now

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Prosecutors have routinely said their investigation is ongoing, and Mr. Rosenstein said Thursday he expects more charges as a result of the probes.

Dressed in a navy blue suit, Johnson read a brief prepared statement after her court appearance but declined to answer questions.

In the courtroom before Judge Peter J. Messitte, she provided short answers to basic questions related to the plea agreement. The appearance stood in contrast to that of her husband, who in May hesitantly answered questions and indicated there was more to his side of the story that he would be unable to share until his sentencing.

Speaking after Johnson’s plea, Mr. Rosenstein indicated that during sentencing prosecutors will attempt to make the case that Johnson knew much about her husband’s ongoing illicit activities.

While he declined to go into further detail about any new evidence that will be introduced at sentencing, Mr. Rosenstein drew attention to taped phone conversations made just before Johnson was arrested by federal agents at her Mitchellville home.

“She knew about this huge quantity of cash in the basement,” Mr. Rosenstein said.

According to court papers, as federal agents banged on the front door of her home, the former county executive, 65, was recorded telling his wife to tear up the $100,000 check.

“Tear it up. That is the only thing you have to do,” He told his wife, referring to the check, according to prosecutors.

“Do you still have that cash down in the basement?” Johnson is heard asking on the taped phone call.

”Yes,” her husband said.

“OK, I gotta move that, too,” she replied.

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