Baltimore Mayor Didn’t Go by the Book

This Isn’t Child’s Play!


Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been indicted for committing fraud, evading federal taxes and illegally boosting her political campaign in association with a series of children’s books she self-published.


Pugh, 69, is alleged to have sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of her Healthy Holly books to a health care company whose board she sat on while a state senator. After she was paid, thousands of the books were never delivered.


The 11-count federal indictment alleges that Pugh formed a company whose sole mission was to accept kickbacks disguised as sales of the books, which feature a young African American girl who promotes the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise program.


The money from the non-existent books was illegally funneled to her political campaign through a straw company, and used for personal items, including a house. For the tax year 2016, Pugh claimed her taxable income was $31,020 and the tax due was $4,168. In reality, her taxable income was $322,365, and she approximately owed $102,444.


The federal government is hoping to seize a house owned by Pugh worth $770,000. Meanwhile, Pugh’s attorney claims that she is so fragile physically and mentally she is unable to make “major decisions.” If convicted, she could serve up to 100 years in prison.