Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is going to jail.
She had a scheme that involved requiring companies to buy multiple copies of her children’s book of they wanted to do business with the city.
Basically a pay-to-play scheme.
FOX News reports:
Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced for book sales scheme
Catherine Pugh, a former mayor of Baltimore, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday following her conviction on federal tax evasion and conspiracy charges related to the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to help fund a political career, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Addressing the courtroom, Maryland’s U.S. District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow slammed material–including a 13-minute video released Wednesday–that touts Pugh’s past accomplishments and was submitted to the court before sentencing.
Chasanow described praising Pugh’s past good work as “ironic,” as “it was precisely that reputation for good work that allowed her to commit these offenses and continue the fraud for as long as she did,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
“It is astounding and I have yet frankly to hear any explanation that makes sense. This was not a tiny mistake, lapse of judgment. This became a very large fraud. The nature and circumstances of this offense clearly I think are extremely, extremely serious,” the judge said.
Pugh was ordered to pay restitution of $400,000 to the University of Maryland Medical System and nearly $12,000 to the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund, which also purchased her books, the Baltimore Sun reported. The former mayor also must forfeit nearly $670,000 and $17,800 in her campaign account. All copies of “Healthy Holly” books in government custody will be destroyed.
There’s nothing the liberal media loves to ignore more than stories about corrupt Democrats.
Another Crooked Dem. https://t.co/7KAIzBWI0d
— L.A. Conservative (@MarisaInCali) February 28, 2020
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh defrauded the Baltimore City Public Schools
She then used the money she fleeced from taxpayers to fund her campaign and buy a new house
She was just sentenced with three years in jail
…Still less time than Roger Stone
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 27, 2020
That’s an excellent point about Stone.