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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Liquor store co-owner sentenced in Pr. George’s corruption case

A liquor store co-owner who admitted he gave former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson cash and campaign donations in exchange for official favors was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison.

Amrik Melhi, 52, of Clarksville, was arrested last year as part of a sweeping corruption case that involved Johnson. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to a conspiracy charge in connection with a scheme to distribute untaxed liquor and cigarettes.

Melhi and his wife, Ravinder, owned and operated several businesses in the county including Tick Tock Liquors in Hyattsville.

According to court papers, Amrik Melhi gave Johnson money, campaign donations and other things of value. In return, Johnson used his power to help Melhi pass permit inspections and obtain licenses and influenced legislation beneficial to Melhi’s businesses.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte also sentenced Melhi to three years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $975,327 to the government.

Earlier this month Johnson was sentenced to seven years in prison for masterminding a corruption conspiracy that prosecutors said brought him as much as $1 million in bribes.

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