Amrik Singh Melhi, 51, admitted to extortion, while his wife, Ravinder Kaur Melhi, 49, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors said her charges involved illegally accessing protected Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records.
Melhi also paid off Prince George's County Police officer Richard Delabrer to protect the shipments of contraband goods. Delabrer pleaded guilty to extortion in May for purchasing alcohol from an undercover agent and selling it to Melhi.
Melhi's wife asked Delabrer to access the MVA database to locate a person who had passed a bad check at one of their stores, according to the plea agreement. Melhi faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and Ravinder Melhi faces a maximum of five years. Amrik Melhi sentencing is scheduled September 12 and Ravinder Melhi on October 11.
The former county executive, Jack B. Johnson, pleaded guilty in May to accepting more than $400,000 in bribes, mostly from developers, as part of a wide-spread corruption investigation in Prince George's County.