Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been charged with fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy over the sale of her children’s book series.
In a Grand Jury indictment published Wednesday, Pugh is said to have engaged in wire fraud, as well as funding her political career and campaign through her book sales. The indictment also stated that Pugh evaded taxes by falsifying important documents.
Pugh began her mayoral term in 2016, but resigned six months later as questions began to arise about her shady dealings.
“Our elected officials must place the interests of the citizens above their own,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement. “Corrupt public employees rip off the taxpayers and undermine everyone’s faith in government.”
Pugh sold $800,000 in books to many companies and non-profit organizations, however, some of those copies were never produced. Although some copies were never obtained by her customers, Pugh continued to profit from their purchases.
Prosecutors are now seeking to seize her current home and $769,688, which was money she earned in the scheme. Two of Pugh’s associates, Gary Brown Jr. and Roslyn Wedington, are expected to plead guilty.