Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will be sentenced in February in the "Healthy Holly" book scandal that led to her resignation. Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and tax evasion. She admitted to using the sales of her "Healthy Holly" children's books to fund her mayoral campaign through straw donors and to purchase her home. She also admits to cheating on her taxes. She's set to be sentenced on February 27th.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.
“Catherine Pugh betrayed the public trust for her personal gain,” said United States Attorney Robert K. Hur. “Baltimore City faces many pressing issues, and we need dedication and integrity from our leaders—not corruption—in order to solve them. Law enforcement will continue to be vigilant for evidence of fraud and corruption, to ensure that our citizens receive the honesty and professionalism they deserve from government officials.”
“The people of Maryland expect elected officials to make decisions based on the public's best interests, not to abuse their office for personal gain,” said Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone of the FBI's Baltimore Division. “Catherine Pugh betrayed the public's trust. The FBI will continue to diligently work to detect fraud and corruption and hold those who violate this trust accountable.”
According to the court documents, Pugh pleaded guilty to counts one (conspiracy to commit wire fraud)