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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Woman in probe seeks more freedom

By Maria Glod

A Langley Park liquor store co-owner arrested amid a sweeping corruption probe in Prince George's County has asked the court to allow her more freedom as she awaits trial.

Ravinder K. Melhi, 49, and her husband, Amrik S. Melhi, 51, were charged in November in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt with participating in a scheme to distribute black-market alcohol and cigarettes.

But federal prosecutors have said in court that there also is evidence that the couple, who own Tick Tock Liquors in Langley Park and other businesses, bribed public officials in return for favors. The Melhis have not been charged with bribery, and prosecutors have not said what officials were allegedly involved.

The case against the Melhis is part of a far-reaching investigation that become public when former County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Lesile, a current member of the county council, were arrested Nov. 12. The Johnsons are charged with evidence tampering.

Ravinder Melhi's lawyer Gabriel J. Christian said in court papers that Ravinder Melhi, who has been on house arrest, has been unable to attend to the family businesses. The mortgage on Tick Tock Liquors is a month late, and sales tax on Tick Tock Liquors, Golden Bull Restaurant and Big Daddy Lounge are two months past due, Christian wrote.

Christian, who could not immediately be reached for comment, also said Ravinder Melhi has had a difficult time caring for her children. One is a minor and another is autistic.

Christian requested changes including modifying the conditions of Ravinder Melhi's house arrest so she can work at the family businesses between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and attend her son's school functions. She would be required to check in twice daily with pretrial services.

Her husband remains jailed.

By Maria Glod  | February 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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She should be glad she is not sitting in jail, as for her children why aren't they in foster care. No one forced you to commit a crime. What makes you think that anyone should feel sorry for you, we did not commit a crime you made your choice. P.G. should revoke your bond.

Posted by: Frank60 | February 5, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

She should be glad she is not sitting in jail, as for her children why aren't they in foster care. No one forced you to commit a crime. What makes you think that anyone should feel sorry for you, we did not commit a crime you made your choice. P.G. should revoke your bond.

Posted by: Frank60 | February 5, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

She should be glad she is not sitting in jail, as for her children why aren't they in foster care. No one forced you to commit a crime. What makes you think that anyone should feel sorry for you, we did not commit a crime you made your choice. P.G. should revoke your bond.

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