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Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson declared Friday night that he and his wife would “be vindicated,” hours after the two were charged with destroying evidence related to a two-year federal corruption probe.

Federal agents arrested Johnson and his wife, county councilmember-elect Leslie Johnson, after raiding Johnson’s home and offices Friday morning.

Jack Johnson instructed his wife to flush a $100,000 check down a toilet and stuff cash in her bra earlier in the day, according to the criminal complaint.

“Put it in your bra and walk out or something, I don’t know what to do,” Jack Johnson allegedly told his wife after she called him to say that two women were at the door.

Agents who eventually searched Leslie Johnson recovered $79,600 from her underwear. The FBI was using court-approved wire taps to record the conversation.

Jack and Leslie Johnson appeared in U.S. District Court late Friday afternoon. Both Johnsons were charged with witness and evidence tampering, and destruction, alternation and falsification of records in a federal investigation. If convicted, they could each face 20 years in prison, and $250,000 in fines. Both were supposed to be immediately released under court supervision, with Jack Johnson ordered on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

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