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Posted at 1:05 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Financial support: Experts weigh in on how Leslie Johnson stuffed $79,600 into her bra

By The Reliable Source

Jack and Leslie Johnson, 2010. (Linda Davidson /TWP)

When Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, County Council member-elect Leslie Johnson, were arrested last Friday with tens of thousands in alleged payola, authorities said the couple found an uplifting place to hide it.

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The stack of money above represents the amount Leslie Johnson was said to have stuffed in her bra when FBI agents came to her door Friday. The 790 bills weigh about 1.75 pounds and stand about 3 1/2 inches tall.

With FBI agents pounding on the door, Johnson, in a wiretapped conversation, advised his wife to cram $79,600 into her underwear. She managed to get it all into her bra, agents said.

But is it physically possible to stuff that much bread into one's bust without drawing notice?

Provided it's a proper-fitting bra, yes, it is. It just wouldn't be very comfortable.

The highest-value note currently lining wallets in the United States is the $100 bill. In the most convenient scenario, the Johnson family's loot would have been entirely in Benjamins. At a gram each, 796 bills would weigh around 1.75 pounds and, if stacked horizontally, stand about 3 1/2 inches in height, according to a rep from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Handed those measurements, Lindsey Palacios -- a manager at Alexandria bra boutique the Full Cup -- says she thinks that it could be done. Dubious at first, she changed her mind after experimenting with some bills borrowed from the store's till.

For the cash to fit, Johnson would have to spread the wealth around.
"It would require full use of the cups, straps and band," Palacios says.
It also helps that Johnson is a conservative dresser. "In her pictures she's always wearing a jacket, nothing form-fitting," explains Palacios. "It would completely cover up those bills, so you would never see it."

She places a maximum value of $10K per cup, explaining that the elastic would be the real money spot. "She could probably stuff 100 to 200 bills just underneath her armpit," Palacios postulates. "She could have hid everything in her band. And that wouldn't have poofed up her cup."

-- Aaron Leitko


An earlier version of this story described Leslie Johnson as a Prince George's County Council member. Elected to the council Nov. 2, she has not yet been sworn in.

By The Reliable Source  | November 16, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
 
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Comments

All I can say is that this is what makes America great.

Back around 1970 I saw Lawrence "Slippery" Jackson carry $100,000 in a suitcase into Guys & Dolls pool room in Silver Hill, in order to pay off a gambling debt. But I don't think he ever thought of trying to stuff it into his jock strap. This Johnson lady, she's got style!

Posted by: andym108 | November 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Now you know why money is dirty. Look where it was stuffed....

Posted by: willtill | November 16, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I guess she did not have big enough of a freezer!

Posted by: anonymous_one | November 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I think we're going to need a bigger bra.

Posted by: joeweiser | November 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Fascinating article. Should have had some illustrations and/or photos though.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Finally reporting on this story that answers the important questions!

Posted by: lucl74 | November 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I now understand what the politicians mean by "Soft Money".

Posted by: Fred23 | November 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Bra? No. Underwear yes, one with butt pads, remove the pads and stuff the money there. You'll just look like Kim Kardashian.

Posted by: sjs3865 | November 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

That money could use some laundering.

Posted by: vmax02rider | November 16, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Oh, brave new world, where a woman can bravely, if not brazenly, use her brain in such a way. Bravo!

Posted by: justmike | November 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In case anyone was wondering because the Post is still going out of its way to mention it.....The Johnsons are BOTH DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: j751 | November 16, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Pure comedy -- I'm glad I'm not the only one who paused when this hit the news....well,paused and then chuckled.

Posted by: townhousekids | November 16, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is the sort of hard news reporting we rely on you for, Amy and Roxanne. When the stories about money in underwear first broke, I was looking forward to a good explanation of the physics involved, and of course the Reliable Source came through. Now, is there a Korean animated video reenactment up yet?

Posted by: thingsfallapart | November 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for this public service. We had a right to know..........and wonder. But okay we now know it is possible yet uncomfortable. How about noticeable? Were the cops fooled or did Leslie Johnson confess?

Posted by: interactingdc | November 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Links not working properly. I clicked on the main story, and it also brought me here. WaPo must REALLY want people to know about Leslie Johnson's bra.

Posted by: marklandterrapins | November 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

She shoulda claimed to be a muslim. Then she couldn't be searched.

Posted by: Fiftycaltx1 | November 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Straight out of the movie "goodfellas" LOL

Posted by: pink1 | November 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This is quite a handful.

Posted by: teplicky101 | November 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Will there be a demo of the bra stuffing during the trail?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | November 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanx joeweiser for your earlier comment, I even read it with the voice of Bullwinkle saying the words. Priceless!

Posted by: stvcar | November 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

What an Uplifting story!!

Thankful it wasn't a Living Bra - it would have EATEN all that money!!!!

Posted by: bronxace | November 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the bra idea is great. It gives us all something to talk about and we all know that if we get a PG county jury they will get off free. "roflmao

Posted by: junglejamm | November 16, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't I already read this somewhere? Perhaps tbd.com?

Posted by: deborahannrogers | November 16, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

As bad as this situation is, I can't help but laugh at the visual. It sounds like something straight out of an "I Love Lucy" episode.

Posted by: logosdesigns | November 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I heard of a woman who tried to shoplift a portable TV by waddling out holding it between her knees, so I guess $79,600 in a bra would be a lesser problem....

Bad enough to be arrested and drag the county into the slop without making yourself a national joke.

Posted by: Rhea1 | November 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If the bra doesn't fit, you must acquit!

Posted by: dude7 | November 16, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean she's been busted?

Posted by: 02Pete | November 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Gives new meaning to the phrase "Nice tits"

Posted by: Junkbuyer6969 | November 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

All done by a former DC Admin Judge and future County Councilwomen. How ethical does she seem now?

Posted by: neil64 | November 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if TSA would have caught it? :D

Ma'm you gotta fill out a currency transaction report for transporting over $10K.

Posted by: ahowl7mx | November 16, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I've always tucked money in my bra(not $80k!) if I'm traveling, shopping, or headed to the bank to make a deposit. My grandmother taught me.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | November 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You have to give her "E" for effort.
I could care less for this government, as we now live under a dictatorship.
LOve your country, but don't trust your Government...

Posted by: JeronimoDan | November 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Not possible with such a short time line to place almost $80,000 in $100 bills in a bra. The FBI is not telling the full truth on this one. Part of that money was likely in her panties. That is the only way you place that amount of money in underwear during a quickie.

Posted by: Moley2 | November 16, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This is such a sad case. Perhaps they were set up. Certainly the couple would have made better plans to conceal the ca$h. I guess I'll have to wait to trial before I find out the rest of this tale.

Posted by: sunnycc | November 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Just think if she had been an "A" cup....the gig would have been up quickly!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

DC beats Boston!

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/10/embattled_state.html

Posted by: audacitea | November 16, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Haven't heard the name "Slippery Jackson" for many, many years. Guess he had more class or just didn't wear a bra. But then he didn't know the police were watching him.

Posted by: ExProsecutor | November 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

To those whining about full body scans at airports.
Here is a good reason.

Posted by: ziga | November 16, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

wish I could try this at home.

Posted by: dcpsinsider | November 16, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

If the bra won't fit, you must acquit.

Posted by: AT_MD | November 16, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@thingsfallapart Those popular animated news videos (NMA News) are not Korean. They are Taiwanese.

Amy, Roxanne, you have never let me down. I've been wondering about how she could have stuffed 7600 $100 bills into her bra as well. How much time did she have to do it?

Posted by: megantron | November 17, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I came across an online community for individual seeking interracial love. It is - Black White Hub. c O m--- All singles there are seeking interracial relationships. Interracial is not a problem here, but a great merit to cherish!

Posted by: abulaw | November 17, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

The amazing thing is that it was all in one-dollar bills !!

Posted by: fizzlechip | November 17, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

And this is important because? Perhaps if everyone is focused on this non-issue, it will diminish the severity of the alleged misdeeds? Why is this news?

Posted by: TPaine1 | November 17, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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