Ex-Baltimore Mayor Indicted on Federal Charges Related to Self-Published Children’s Books

UPDATE: Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges stemming from the scandal, CNN reports.

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is facing federal charges related to sales of her self-published children’s book series, according to a grand jury indictment released Wednesday.

Pugh is expected to surrender to U.S. Marshals Thursday before her first court appearance. The former mayor, who resigned in May after the book sale controversy, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion. The indictment was returned on November 14.

Prosecutors say that Pugh used her “Healthy Holly” book series in order to fund her lifestyle in addition to her political campaign and political interests. She allegedly bought a house and paid personal debt with the profits, according to The Baltimore Sun.

She allegedly failing to print thousands of copies or double sold books, the Sun reported. Prosecutors also allege Pugh listed her 2016 income as $31,000 when it actually was more than $322,000.

Source: Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh charged with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion in children’s book scandal – Baltimore Sun

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