Leslie Johnson Quiet on Corruption Case at Council Meeting

Prosecutors announce May 4 hearing

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    Leslie Johnson is scheduled for arraignment on May 4.

    Prince George's County Councilwoman  Leslie Johnson is not commenting about a new charge she faces in connection with a corruption case.

    She appeared at a council meeting in Upper Marlboro, Md., for the first time since a criminal information charge was filed by prosecutors last Friday. The charge is often a legal step preceding a guilty plea.

    Johnson sat silently during the meeting Tuesday, then left through a back door as soon as the session ended, refusing to answer questions from a group of reporters.

    Johnson was arrested in November in an FBI raid of her home. Prosecutors said they caught Leslie Johnson concealing bribes obtained by her husband, then-County Executive Jack Johnson.

    She is accused of stuffing almost $80,000 in her bra and flushing a $100,000 check down the toilet.

    The FBI said developers gave the bribes to Jack Johnson as part of a pay-to-play scheme. 

    He faces bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges and has pleaded not guilty.

    Leslie Johnson is scheduled to be in court for an arraignment and plea hearing on May 4.