Former Baltimore mayor indicted on corruption charges

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The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore who resigned amid investigations into deals to sell her self-published children’s books has been charged with fraud and tax evasion.

An 11-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses Catherine Pugh, 69, of abusing her office for personal gain. Pugh resigned in early May after authorities began probing whether she arranged bulk sales of “Healthy Holly” books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

A federal grand jury indicted Pugh on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion.

Two former Baltimore City employees and Pugh associates — 38-year-old Gary Brown Jr. and 50-year-old Roslyn Wedington — have also pleaded guilty on related charges.


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