Entries in Corruption (3)


DC Corruption: Calls Mount for Mayor Vincent Gray to Resign

Daniel C. Britt / The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) -- From drug possession to tax fraud, city officials in Washington, D.C., are notorious for being less than law abiding.

This week that cloud of corruption descended on Mayor Vincent Gray after a woman who worked closely with his campaign pled guilty to funneling money from a wealthy D.C. businessman into Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign. While Gray has not been charged with a crime, the calls for him to resign over the campaign snafu are mounting.

Gray is running a city notorious for shady politicians. In the past four years half of D.C.'s top government officials have been under investigation by either federal authorities or the D.C. board of elections. Two have resigned, two have served prison time and two have been closely connected to staff members who pled guilty to felonies.

Gray has insisted he does not "think there's widespread corruption here."

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Officials Caught on Tape: Stuff Cash in Panties

Adam Gault/Thinkstock (PRINCE GEORGE, Md.) -- If you wanted your wife to hide almost $80,000 in cash from FBI agents knocking on your door, what would you tell her to do?

When faced with that dilemma, former Prince George’s, Md., County Executive Jack Johnson said, “Put it in your panties and walk it out of the house.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office has released audio of Johnson saying that and more to his wife, former County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, over the phone.

Johnson and his wife have been charged with tampering with a witness and evidence relating to a federal offense. Jack and Leslie pleaded guilty to corruption charges in May and June of this year, respectively, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In light of what Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely calls “a long and complex investigation by the FBI in Prince George’s County,” officials say Johnson took bribes including a $100,000 check in exchange for his influence over the county’s choice of which developers to fund with its Home Investments Partnerships program.

Maryland’s reported that federal prosecutors say the taped phone calls offer enough evidence to put the former county executive behind bars for at least one year.

On one of the calls, listeners can hear FBI agents pounding on the door to his home as Jack says to Leslie of the $100k check, “Yeah, flush that” down the toilet.

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Rod Blagojevich Guilty of Trying to Sell Obama's Senate Seat

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The jury in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich found the former Illinois governor guilty on 17 corruption charges, including fraud, attempted extortion, and soliciting bribes.

Those verdicts include the charges of conspiring to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.  The jury was deadlocked on two others.

U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel will set sentencing for a later date.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Blagojevich faces up to a decade in prison.

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