Monday, April 15, 2013
Housing officials unveil first new budget plan since re-organizing in wake of Jack Johnson scandal.
Tomorrow, Prince George's County housing officials will be presenting a nearly $90 million plan detailing how things like renter and homeowner assistance programs will be managed over the next year. The plan will guide how the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development will be using its budget in Fiscal Year 2014. As noted in a recent article in The Washington Examiner, it's the first action plan for the department developed since County Executive Rushern Baker began restructuring and retooling the Department of Housing and Community Development per an agreement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The overhaul is intended to bring more oversight onto the county's various housing and …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A former Prince George's fire official was sentenced Wednesday for bribing public officials in exchange for favors involving Greenbelt Station.
Former Prince George’s County Fire Department official Karl Granzow was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 18 months in jail for conspiracy to commit extortion and other charges related to Greenbelt Station development, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messite also ordered Granzow, 47, to pay $10,000 and forfeit his financial interest in Greenbelt Metropark. After serving his prison sentence, he will spend three years under supervised release. Granzow, of Upper Marlboro, was one of the developers involved in a massive corruption scheme involving former County Executive Jack Johnson, The Washington Post reported. The scheme eventually brought down Jack Johnson, landing …
Monday, April 16, 2012
A federal judge sentence James Edward Johnson to 37 months in prison for his involvement in the Prince George's County corruption scandal that took down former County Executive Jack Johnson.
The former director of the county's housing department was sentenced to 37 months in prison Monday in a Greenbelt federal courthouse for his role in a pay-to-play scandal in Prince George's County, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. James Edward Johnson, 67, of Temple Hills, served as the director of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development starting in September 2009. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit extortion during his time as director through October 2010. In his role, Johnson decided which developers would receive federal grant money from within the HOME Investment Partnerships program to “fund the construction, purchase and/or rehabilitation of affordable housing for …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The former councilwoman convicted of conspiracy starts her sentence in a West Virginia prison Friday.
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson headed to a West Virginia prison Friday to start her year-and-a-day-long sentence, ABC7 reports. Johnson pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy for her role in a corruption scheme lead by her husband, former county executive Jack Johnson, who is currently serving his sentence in a North Carolina prison. She is infamously known for stuffing cash into her bra after being directed to do so by her husband, while they were being wiretapped by federal investigators.
Former Prince George’s County executive still receives a $50,000 annual pension while in prison.
Two weeks after former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson began serving an 87-month prison sentence, he continues to draw a paycheck for work he did while in office. A Prince George’s County spokesperson confirmed that Johnson, who last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering charges, is receiving $50,000 annually from a pension fund. Due to a loophole in state law, Johnson is set to receive the pension for life, according to reports. Do you think Johnson should receive his pension? Should lawmakers do something to close the loophole? Let us know in the comments section below.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The former Prince George's County Executive must start his federal prison term in North Carolina Saturday.
Time has run out for former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to remain a free man. Johnson is scheduled to begin his 87-month sentence in federal prison today, Feb. 18, in Butner, NC, Jeffrey Harding, one of Johnson’s attorneys told The Washington Post. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were both indicted on federal charges in November 2010. Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering after admitting he accepted cash, airfare and other gifts in exchange for changing laws and results of inspections in May 2011 and his wife pleaded guilty to detroying evidence, after she infamously stuffed $79,000 in her underwear and tried flushing a $100,000 check down the toliet. She later resigned from her …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Former Prince George's County Executive sees his prison term delayed for two weeks.
The countdown to the former Prince George's County Executive's lockdown has been delayed by two weeks, according to reports. Jack Johnson was sentenced in December to serve seven years and three months in a North Carolina federal prison for corruption charges. He was scheduled this week to turn himself in but the federal Bureau of Prisons has yet to complete its evaluation and placement plans for Johnson, according to The Washington Post.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A Jack Johnson supporter reportedly had his car vandalized on Tuesday at the United States District Court on Cherrywood Lane.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Live at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland for the sentencing of former County Executive Jack B. Johnson.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The former county executive faces up to 14 years in prison.
County Executive Jack B. Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, 6500 Cherrywood Lane. It was a Friday in November 2010 when Prince George’s County was shaken by the arrest of sitting County Executive Johnson. He and his wife were charged in federal court for tampering with evidence and attempting to destroy a bribe check. That was the tip of the iceberg. Johnson faces sentencing Tuesday morning for orchestrating a years-long pay-to-play scheme throughout his two terms in office. Johnson accepted up to $1 million in kickbacks from developers and others in the county to whom he delivered favors, as detailed in the sentencing document by federal prosecutors. Johnson faces as …