Mayor of Baltimore RESIGNS After FBI Raid at City Hall

Mayor of Baltimore RESIGNS After FBI Raid at City Hall

He said he would hold a press conference at his office in downtown Baltimore but declined to say whether the mayor would be resigning or whether she would even be present. "It has been an honor and privilege", Pugh said in a statement read by her attorney at a news conference. The state prosector's office launched an investigation. The book sales went to businesses she had influence over, or sought to do business with the city.

In recent days, Silverman had repeatedly gone in and out of Pugh's city home to discuss "options" with her while also asserting that she was so fragile physically and mentally that she was unable to make "major decisions". According to the Sun, Pugh submitted her resignation Thursday.

"Jack" Young, 64, the Democrat who has been serving as acting mayor, will be replacing Pugh until next year's election. All in all, the total purchase of books, which were all earmarked to be donated to Baltimore City Schools, should have equated to almost 85,000 copies.

The city of Baltimore has a choice going forward.

Pugh, a Democrat, is under investigation for alleged "self-dealing" in connection to the sale of thousands of copies of a self-published children's book series. The City Council called for Pugh's immediate resignation, as did numerous state lawmakers and an influential business group, among others.

The newspaper reported that Pugh had been paid at least $500,000 by the University of Maryland Medical System, where she sat on the board, for her self-published children's books about a character named "Healthy Holly".

Additionally, public foundation Associated Black Charities said it spent approximately $80,000 between 2011 and 2016 to buy some 10,000 copies of Pugh's books. Pugh was on sitting on the board of UMMS when it approved the book purchase, and Kaiser was seeking a $48 million contract with the city. Pugh was not the only one who benefited: Roughly one-third of the system's board members received compensation through the medical system's arrangements with their businesses. The most notable crime was the theft of donated gift cards intended for needy families, which she used to purchase several fur coats and designer shoes.

Official sources say the mayor's deals for Healthy Holly books - which promote healthy eating and exercise - are part of the inquiry, but there is "more to the picture". That is Pugh's company.

Other customers included a Maryland financier who divulged that his financial firm chose to write a $100,000 check for "Health Holly" books after she clinched the 2016 Democratic primary.

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