Feds Raid Home of Baltimore Mayor, City Hall
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) both raided the home and City Hall office of Baltimore’s Democrat mayor Thursday morning.
“Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Baltimore FBI office and the Washington IRS office were executing search warrants at those locations Thursday morning, as well as at least three other addresses associated with [Mayor Catherine] Pugh,” according to The Baltimore Sun.
Federal agents also raided the Maryland Center for Adult Training, a nonprofit which Pugh once led. Three of Pugh’s current staffers are listed as board members of the nonprofit.
“Fitz said they were executing warrants at Pugh’s former home in Ashburton, which she still owns, as well as the downtown office of her attorney and Brown’s home,” the report said.
Pugh is currently being investigated by the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office in connection to sales of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books. On April 1, she announced that she would be taking a leave of absence for “health reasons” as the scandal grew.
“The Baltimore Sun reported last month that Pugh was paid $500,000 by the University of Maryland Medical System for 100,000 of the books to distribute to schoolchildren,” according to Thursday’s Baltimore Sun report. “The no-bid arrangement was made while she was on the hospital network’s unpaid board. Health provider Kaiser Permanente later acknowledged that it paid Pugh more than $100,000 to buy about 20,000 copies of her books during a period when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health insurance to city employees.”
Acting Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young did not provide a comment. Nor did Pugh or her attorney.
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