So let’s jump right in with a little quiz to get a feel for the skills you and your colleagues may already bring to the table. Our quiz is based on a case study of Jack B. Johnson, former Prince George’s County, Maryland County Executive, and his wife, Councilmember Leslie Johnson.
Background: You are County Executive in a large suburban county bordering on Washington, D.C. You have just accepted $15,000 in cash from a real estate developer, when two FBI agents burst into the room with a search warrant and seize the money. You get into your County vehicle, activate the emergency lights, and start driving toward home. Your wife calls your cell phone and tells you that FBI agents are banging on the door of your house.
Problem: In your house is a $100,000 check from the same developer and a boatload of cash.
Question One: Circle the correct answer. You should / should not have the following telephone conversation:
Your Wife: Oh, is it the box with the liquor?
You: Yeah, and, it... Yeah, and look in another box. You'll see a check in there. Yeah, that's right.
Your Wife: Yes, there's a check in there.
You: Okay. Tear it up. That's the only thing you have to do. Now go down... You..., you got the money?
Your Wife: Yeah, wait a minute. I got the cash. Do you have that cash down in the basement still too?
Your Wife: Okay, I gotta move that too. Where do you want me to move it?
You: Put it in... Put it in your um, put it in your bra and walk out or something with it. I don't know what to do with it. Um...
Your Wife: Whatta you want me to do with the check? You hear 'em banging?
You: Tear up the check and..., um..., and, and um..., and... , and um, tear it up. Just..., just tear it up.
Your Wife: They're saying FBI Jack.
You: Yeah, I know... , I know. That's why I'm telling you. [Developer A] set me up.
Your Wife: You want me to put it down the toilet?
Your Wife: You want me to flush it?
You: Yeah, flush that.
[The sound of a toilet flushing in background.]
Your Wife: All right. Now whatta you want me to do?
You: Go downstairs and get...
Your Wife: I'm tellin' 'em I'm not dressed.
You: Yeah, tell 'em you're not dressed. You will be dressed in five minutes then you open...
Your Wife: Okay, and I have the cash.
You: Okay. Leave that little cash. That's okay. That's a little bit... , a little cash. Put it in your underwear.
Your Wife: I have it in my bra. And what about...
Your Wife: ... that other cash though?
You: Um, [unintelligible].
Your Wife: You gotta tell me what to do with it Jack.
Your Wife: What do you want me to do with this money? They are banging?
You: Put... , put... , put...
Your Wife: What do you want me to do with it?
You: ... put it... , put it in your panties and walk out of the house.
Your Wife: No, but I mean all this cash Jack.
You: Put it...
Your Wife: I got the one from down...
You: Put it in your panties Leslie.
Your Wife: Oh my God. Okay.
You: Yeah, stuff it in your panties. Yeah, tell 'em you were in the bathroom. Right? I'll be home in a minute too. Okay. And then just... , and then just open the door and sit down. Okay?
[Upon entering the home, FBI agents search your wife’s person and recover $79,600 in United States currency from her underwear and bra.]
Question Two: Fill in the blank. County Executive Johnson pled guilty this afternoon to extortion, conspiracy, and tampering with ___________.
Question Three: Fill in the blank. When FBI agents are investigating you for official corruption and have a warrant to search your house, there’s a good chance they have also tapped your __________.