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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Not guilty plea in Pr. George's probe

By Maria Glod

A 39-year-old Bowie man charged in a scheme to distribute black-market alcohol and cigarettes pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Maryland.

Amir Miljkovic, who owns an auto glass store in College Park, is among seven people, including two Prince George's County police officers, who are accused in the scheme. Federal authorities have said the allegations of liquor and cigarette trafficking are part of a far-reaching corruption probe in the county.

The probe became public last month County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Leslie, were arrested and accused of evidence tampering in a bribery investigation. They were arrested after Leslie Johnson allegedly flushed a $100,000 check down the toilet as FBI agents knocked at the door of their home.

A federal prosecutor has said in court that authorities were investigating the alcohol and cigarette scheme using wiretaps when evidence of alleged bribery of public officials emerged. They have not elaborated.

In the liquor and cigarettes case, prosecutors have said that liquor store owner Amrik Singh Melhi, 45, of Laurel, paid police officers and others to transport and distribute untaxed goods. Melhi and his wife, Ravinder, also are charged in the scheme.

By Maria Glod  | December 1, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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let us know which auto glass store so we don't patronize it!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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