BRIAN WITTE and REGINA GARCIA CANO
BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books.
An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of using her "Healthy Holly" books to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor.
"There are many victims in this case" said U.S. Attorney Robert Hur in announcing the indictment. "The victims are all of us, the taxpayers and the people of Baltimore, who expect and deserve integrity from their public officials."
Federal authorities say Pugh and two city employees double-sold the books or failed to deliver them to institutions they were purchased for, including the Baltimore City Public Scho