Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had better hope she set aside a lot of that Healthy Holly book money she scammed during her time in office, because the sentencing portion of this case is predicted to include some massive fines. At the same time, mysteries remain about whether and to what extent she’s cooperating with prosecutors as part of the bargain they struck. Some of that information is still sealed and is expected to stay that way indefinitely. (CBS Baltimore)
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh may have to pay more than one million dollars in penalties in addition to other monies to the federal government in the ‘Healthy Holly’ book scheme that brought down her political career.
Judge Deborah Chasanow warned Pugh against making any comments before sentencing that go against the tax evasion and conspiracy charges to which Pugh pleaded guilty on Thursday.
There is a one million dollar maximum penalty for just one count in the guilty plea: conspiracy to commit wire fraud
Federal prosecutors have come to no agreement with Pugh about what she may have to give up—although they want Pugh to forfeit her house in Ashburton—where friends held a prayer vigil on the eve of her resignation in May.
Before getting to the mystery, it seems that Pugh has admitted to some really bad behavior as part of the guilty plea. In one instance, as local news reported, she took books that were supposed to be donated to a children’s hospital and sold them to a Chicago investment firm.