Veronica Robinson, wtop.com
Megan Cloherty, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Leslie Johnson, the former Prince George's County councilmember convicted of destroying evidence in a corruption scheme, has reported to the all-women Alderson Federal Prison Friday.
Known as "Camp Cupcake," the prison has housed famous female inmates like Martha Stewart, Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme, Billie Holiday and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Johnson joins the 1,178 prisoners currently doing time at Alderson in rural West Virginia.
Johnson was sentenced to one year and a day last December for her role in obstructing an investigation into a corruption scheme that involved her husband Jack Johnson, the county's former executive.
Last November, Leslie Johnson admitted in federal court she tried to cover her husband's bribes by flushing a $100,000 check down the toilet and stuffing her underwear with more than $79,000 in cash in November of 2010 as federal agents knocked on her door.
Jack Johnson was sentenced last December to more than seven years in prison for collecting more than $1 million in bribes and gifts during a tenure that prosecutors say was rife with greed, corruption and an unchecked pay-to-play culture.
He began his sentence in February.
Alderson Federal Prison has a storied past. The majority of inmates at Alderson are not white collar executives or celebrities, they are doing time for drug-related offenses, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Martha Stewart is the prison's most recent celebrity inmate. Stewart served five months at "Camp Cupcake" starting in October 2004 for obstructing justice and lying to investigators during insider-trading probe of her ImClone Systems stock.
Notorious past inmates include "Axis Sally," who was convicted of treason for her radio broadcasts from Berlin during World War II; Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, both of whom tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford; and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a communist jailed in the 1950s for trying to overthrow the U.S. government.
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