Prince George’s County Executive Indicted For Bribery

February 15, 2011  |  

In case there were any remaining doubt, Jack B. Johnson proves that even the most minor political positions can be hotbeds for major corruption and scandal.  Not even the interns are exempt. According to The Washington Times, the 61-year-old former Prince George’s County Executive was indicted yesterday on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and witness tampering in relation to his official duties. The charges could land Johnson in prison for decades.

Notoriously — and now infamously — known for operating a well-oiled and well-funded  underground “pay-for-play” system throughout PG County, Maryland, Johnson accepted bribes from contractors to finance his personal and recreational expenses for nearly the entire eight years that he was in office. The Times reports, “A typical tactic, according to the indictment, was for developers to bribe county officials with supposed campaign contributions that exceeded legal state limits and were kept concealed from election authorities.”

He was caught revealing his escapades on a federal wire tap, leading us to believe that no one in Maryland politics actually watched “The Wire.”

But you’ve got to give it to these guys — they may be low in the national political hierarchy, but when they go corrupt, they go like the big boys. Aside from the hundreds of thousands in cash he pocketed, the bribes were also used to pay for  trips, meals, drinks, hotel rooms, airline tickets, rounds of golf, employment and mortgage payments. Oh, and lots of campaign contributions to his wife’s City Council campaign, of course.

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