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Four PG County Council Members Say Johnson Should Step Down

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Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.
Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.

The wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson entered a guilty plea Thursday for her role in what prosecutors have described as a sweeping corruption scheme in the Washington suburb.

Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering.

She was arrested last November after prosecutors say she flushed an illicit $100,000 check down the toilet and stashed nearly $80,000 in cash in her undergarments as FBI agents knocked on the door.

The Washington Post reports that Mary Lehman (D-Laurel), William A. Campos (D-Hyattsville), Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) and Eric Olson (D-College Park) have called for Johnson’s resignation.

Four other members of the council have not commented on whether Johnson should resign, but County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has also called for her to leave.

Under Maryland law, Johnson will be required to step down when she is sentenced Oct. 13, but not before then. Her job on the Council pays more than $96,000 a year.

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