Former mayor headed to prison

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series

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February 28, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore after being sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years probation as a result of her pleading guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion in her "Healthy Holly" fraud scheme.

BALTIMORE — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades, was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.

A plea deal struck with prosecutors last fall called for a sentence of between four and five years; prosecutors sought nearly five years, while Pugh’s attorneys asked that she receive a year and a day.

Pugh, 69, asked U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow for mercy and apologized in court “to anyone I have offended or hurt through my actions.”

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