Former Prince George’s County Housing Director Sentenced to 3 Years

Man pleaded guilty to taking bribes from developers

Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:10 PM EDT
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Ex-Prince George’s Housing Director Gets 3 Years

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A former Prince George's County housing director has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving former county executive Jack Johnson.

James Johnson pleaded guilty to asking for and accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers.

The 67-year-old Johnson was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. He's due to report to prison in June.

The Washington Post reported that Johnson said in court he made a “terrible mistake” that he will always regret.

James Johnson is not related to Jack Johnson, who is serving a sentence of more than seven years for extorting several hundred thousand dollars in bribes from developers and accepting gifts. Jack Johnson's wife, Leslie Johnson, is serving a one-year sentence.

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