Breaking: Prince George's County Government Headquarters Stormed By Feds
Where on Earth is Prince George's County, you ask? Well it's JDA's new homebase in Maryland and surprise, surprise, the FBI and US Attorney's office have taken the joint by surprise and are ousting dirty government bastards as we speak.
Two law enforcement sources say Prince Georges' County Executive Jack B. Johnson was taken into custody, Friday morning by federal authorities. Neither the FBI nor the U.S. attorney's office would immediately confirm
Federal authorities are executing search warrants Friday at Prince George's County government headquarters, a spokeswoman for the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office said.
Great to know that I left one criminal enterprise in San Francisco for another in the Maryland 'burbs. Good times, kids!
Johnson's wife, newly elected PG District 6 council member Leslie Johnson, has also been picked up by the feds. Jack Johnson was a former senior attorney for the IRS and state's attorney for PG County.
Stick with the PostLocal for breaking details as they unfold.
UPDATE: the feds are apparently swarming Johnson's home and office as we speak. I'll do my best to keep you abreast of the situation and if I get bored this afternoon might take a trip over there to gawk and point fingers.
UPDATE: The FBI called in a plumber to check Johnson's house and make sure he didn't flush anything "useful" to the investigation. That's just sad but at least the Post is still on top of it:
A plumber arrived shortly after 1 p.m. saying that he got a call from the FBI asking him to come over. "I'm checking the toilet to make sure there is nothing in them," said Steve Wilson, of Gene's Plumbing in Harwood.
Johnson has come under scrutiny for county development deals worth millions of dollars that have gone to people with ties to the county executive. Several of those people had little or no development experience or were given no-bid contracts, according to government records.
UPDATE: Johnson and his wife were charged with witness tampering and destruction of evidence:
Prince George's County Executive jack B. Johnson and his wife Leslie have been charged with tampering with a witness in connection with a criminal offense destruction of evidence in a federal investigation. Each offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The offense occurred today, according to the judge in the case.
So... if they were checking Johnson's toilets, does that mean he was using evidence to wipe his ass? Just sayin.