Liquor Store Owner Gets Almost 4 Years in Corruption Case

Scheme involved ex-Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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Liquor Store Owner Gets 4 Years in Corruption Case

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Last year, police raided Tick Tock Liquors in Hyattsville, Md.

The owner of several Prince George's County liquor stores was sentenced to almost four years in prison for his role in a corruption scheme that involved former County Executive Jack Johnson.

Amrik Melhi, 52, was sentenced Tuesday to three years and 10 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to transport and distribute untaxed alcoholic beverages.

Federal prosecutors said Melhi bribed a police officer to help him smuggle untaxed alcohol and gave money, campaign donations and other gifts to Johnson in exchange for licenses, permits and favorable legislation. Former county police officer Richard Delabrer pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing. Melhi's wife, Ravinder, received probation for her role.

Johnson was sentenced this month to more than seven years in prison.

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