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His guilty plea was not made public until mid-2011, when Johnson pleaded guilty to two felony counts: extortion and conspiracy, and witness and evidence tampering.

Authorities said Ricker and co-conspirators provided goods and services to elected and government officials in exchange for obtaining approvals on two other development projects: the mixed-use Greenbelt Station development and a cluster of single-family homes to be built by Day Homes, Inc.

Ricker could not be reached for comment through his attorney Friday.

County officials declined to comment on the pending development plans.

“Because this matter is pending before the District Council, it is inappropriate for the council to comment,” said council spokeswoman Angela Rouson.