More than a decade ago, when federal courts first published court records online, officials at the Maryland U.S. Attorney`s Office were “cautious about what would happen” if they did the same in Baltimore, Barbara Sale, the bureau`s former chief criminal officer, said during a panel discussion on Plea Deals published by the Fordham Law Review in 2011. Pugh`s plea deal also contains new details about the former mayor`s relationship with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the nonprofit health foundation, and the books the company wanted to buy. Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to four criminal cases involving the sale of her “Healthy Holly” children`s books and admitted a list of launderings to defraud those who buy the books and use the proceeds for personal and political profits, without paying reasonable taxes on them. When former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh`s plea with federal prosecutors was filed last week, it came with a sealed addition whose contents remain under lock and key. Prior to the federal application being filed online in 2008, Sale worked for months with the public defense attorney, a judge and a member of the private defense chamber to “find the best way to protect cooperating witnesses,” she said at the Fordham panel. And one of the results has been a policy in which prosecutors, with every plea in Baltimore, submit a sealed supplement, whether or not there is cooperation. Pugh pleaded guilty to four counts: conspiracy to wire fraud, conspiracy to defy the United States, and two counts of tax evasion. Pugh`s lawyer, Steven Silverman, declined to speak about the extent to which she is working with authorities or the content of the supplementary argument. Kaiser sent a check for $14,000 to Pugh for 2,000 pounds, as Pugh`s plea shows. The books were never delivered. A year later, Brown Kaiser sent a new bill of $25,000 for the next book in the series. Kaiser not knowing that the previous books had not been delivered, he sent $25,000 to Pugh for 4,000 new books which, according to Pugh`s agreement, were never delivered either.
Baltimore, Maryland — Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, 69, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy to wire fraud, conspiracy to fraud by the United States and two counts of tax evasion. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Khazanov set the sentence for February 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. .m. A month after the general election, Pugh Grant said she wanted to “buy a bigger house so she could entertain people when she became mayor,” and she took Grant to see the property, in accordance with the agreement she signed. Sale could not be contacted for a statement, but Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur`s office confirmed the filing of routine pleadings as a protective measure. Baltimore – Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to fraud and tax evasion to illegally conceal profits from the sale of their children`s books to improve their political and personal assets. “If the person doesn`t cooperate, the sealed supplement simply says, `This is not a cooperation agreement,`” Sale said. If the person cooperates, he presents on three or four pages the whole litany of expectations and commitments that are in accordance with the cooperation agreement. Pugh proposed that Grant write another check to Healthy Holly LLC, this time for $100,000, with the understanding that a little money would help him buy the house.