Ex-Prosecutor's Day In Court

Took money from public fund

Patrick Gentry
June 04, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Prosecutors are asking that a former prosecutor be sent to jail for stealing public money for rooms in Chicago and Las Vegas and a plane ticket to Panama.

Former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in federal court.

Johnson pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Johnson took $44,000 of public money for vacations and romantic liaisons. They say Johnson began his scheme in 2015 when the person who scrutinized his work credit card bills for five years left.

In court papers, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Johnson to at least a year and a day in prison.

Johnson was elected the chief prosecutor for Richland and Kershaw counties in 2010.

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