FBI, IRS raid Baltimore mayor’s home

National News

April 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM

BALTIMORE (AP) — FBI and IRS agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore’s embattled mayor today amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children’s books to disguise government kickbacks.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman in the agency’s Baltimore office, said agents with the FBI and the IRS criminal division in Washington were searching both of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s homes and her offices at City Hall, as well the home of a top aide and other places. He said he couldn’t release more information because the warrants are sealed.

Pugh has been facing mounting calls for her to resign over a scandal involving her self-published children’s books, which she sold to a health plan that does business with the city, as well as to the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she sat while serving as a state lawmaker. Pugh sold $500,000 worth of the books to the $4 billion hospital network over the years, and meanwhile pushed legislation that would have benefited the regional system.

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