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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:23 AM

Former Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh charged with wire fraud, tax evasion

Source: Washington Post



Baltimore’s former mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been indicted by a federal grand jury with wire fraud and tax evasion over lucrative book deals for her self-published Healthy Holly children’s series, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

Pugh resigned in May after revelations about the deals she allegedly cut with companies connected to the city and state government, setting off another political crisis and setback for the city. Pugh, 69, was the second Baltimore mayor to leave office in the past decade while facing corruption allegations.

Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur, along with top officials from the FBI and IRS, are having a news conference Wednesday morning. The charges come after searches in April of Baltimore City Hall, Pugh’s homes and of a nonprofit tied to her. Federal agents sought financial documents and other information related to almost $800,000 she allegedly was paid for the books, an enormous amount in the world of children’s literature.

Pugh, a former state lawmaker for a decade and rising political star, was elected mayor in 2016. Her downfall stunned friends and supporters, and was another blow to the city struggling with ongoing violence and scarred by 2015 riots after the death of Freddie Gray from an injury in police custody.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/former-baltimore-mayor-catherine-e-pugh-charged-with-wire-fraud-tax-evasion/2019/11/20/d2b28738-0ae2-11ea-8397-a955cd542d00_story.html



Meanwhile at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...

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BumRushDaShow Nov 20 OP
Clash City Rocker Nov 20 #1
CTyankee Nov 20 #2
BumRushDaShow Nov 20 #3
JonLP24 Nov 20 #4
CTyankee Nov 20 #5

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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:37 AM

1. "Wire" fraud. Baltimore. There has to be a joke in there somewhere.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:44 AM

2. I hate to ask: was she a Democrat or a republican?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:49 AM

3. Most of the big city mayors are Democrats.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:53 AM

4. A Democrat

but it is a city where Democrats campaign against each other -- Republicans are mostly irrelevant in Baltimore elections.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:26 AM

5. Same thing here in New Haven...

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