Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced in federal court

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, under investigation for lucrative sales of her children’s book, was the subject of a federal raid Thursday morning.

RadioOnFire.com – Pugh was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for using fraudulent book sales to funnel illegal donations to her campaign and evade taxes. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $669,000.

Federal prosecutors took about 50 minutes to lay out their argument for Pugh to serve 57 months in federal prison for using a criminal book-selling scheme to “rig an election and cover it up.”

Prosecutors said an investigation into Pugh began in February 2017 based on accusations she used her children’s books as a ruse to raise money for her mayoral campaign and a new house.

The case never went to trial and the government’s 90-page filing was loaded with details of what likely would have been used against Pugh in court.

Although Pugh’s lawyers acknowledged she agreed to sentencing guidelines of almost four to five years in prison when she pleaded guilty in November, they sought a sentence of one year and a day.

Pugh, 69, was federally indicted on conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and two counts of tax evasion. Pugh was charged on Nov. 14, 2019, and the charges were made public Nov. 20, 2019.

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