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Police Officers Arrested in Corrupt County Exec Probe

Police Officers Arrested in Corrupt County Exec Probe

Prince George's County County Executive Jack Johnson, 61, speaks to the media outside U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. on Friday. (AP Photo)

November 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — Three Prince George’s County police officers have been arrested in connection with County Executive Jack Johnson’s corruption allegations, ABC 7 reports.

Federal agents arrested the three officers as they came to work Monday morning, according to The Washington Post. They will also execute seven search warrants in several locations around the county.

Johnson was arrested Friday following a four-year federal investigation allegedly involving bribes related to housing development funding.

The charges are just the “tip of the iceberg” in a larger investigation into county corruption, says the U.S. attorney.

Federal agents recorded Johnson telling his wife, Leslie, to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet and hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear, after he learned of the investigation.

Johnson and his wife — a newly-elected member of the county council — are charged with tampering with a witness and evidence related to the commission of a federal offense in connection and destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

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