A Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources employee has been arrested for extortion and harassment.
Building inspector John Cleveland Brown of Clinton is alleged to have forced a Clinton restaurant owner to pay him $1,000 per week over a several month period to have Brown’s band perform at the restaurant.
Prince George’s police said Brown repeatedly threatened to take away the restaurant owner’s permits if the owner did not comply.
The owner of the establishment, Levi’s Restaurant, eventually contacted police after this went on for months, county police said.
Brown was arrested after police worked with the county’s state’s attorney’s office to investigate the allegations.
Police said an undercover officer posed as the restaurant’s entertainment manager and when Brown came to the restaurant Thursday and demanded a payment, he was arrested.
The Department of Environmental Resources was made aware of Brown’s alleged actions and worked with the police in the investigation, according to the police department. DER did not immediately return calls and emails for comment.
Prince George’s police are now seeking other community members who may have been victims of Brown’s alleged extortion and harassment as the investigation is ongoing.
Brown’s residence phone number was not in service Friday.