The Democrat mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, has finally resigned after coming under investigation for $800,000 in fraudulent sales of her children’s book.
Democrat Catherine Pugh resigned, Thursday, days after the FBI raided her offices and home for information on sales of her book, Healthy Holly. Investigators allege that Pugh received hundreds of thousands in fake book sales from corporations she later awarded city contracts.
Pugh released a statement resigning her office.
“Dear citizens of Baltimore, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as the 50th mayor. It has been an honor and a privilege,” the statement began.
“Today I am submitting my resignation to the Baltimore City Council,” Pugh continued. “I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore, and to the credibility of the office of the mayor.”
Pugh had come under increasing pressure to resign in the face of the federal corruption investigation.
Late last week, Pugh tried to stave off a resignation by claiming she was too sick to resign.
The Democrat mayor laughably said she “wasn’t lucid enough to make any decisions about resigning.
The Democrat mayor went on sick leave on April 1, the same day the FBI announced it was investigating her over $800,000 in book sales for her children’s book, “Healthy Holly.”
Federal investigators were looking into the sales after the mayor was found voting for contracts for companies that bought her book in bulk, according to the Daily Mail.
Pugh claimed she was wracked with pneumonia and bronchitis and was too ill to make serious decisions.
“She understands the predicament of the city… she just needs to be physically and mentally sound and lucid enough to make decisions.,” her lawyer, Steve Silverman, told The New York Post.
“She is generally aware that there is a consensus that she should resign,” Silverman added before saying that his client wasn’t “stable” enough to make a decision.
“For people to make material decisions in their life, they have to be at a certain level of stability,” Silverman insisted.
On Thursday, the FBI raided Pugh’s offices and carted out records regarding the book sales scandal.
Several companies, including the University of Maryland Medical System, Kaiser Permanente, the Association of Black charities, and Grant Capital Management, each gave between $87,000 and $500,000 to buy the mayor’s book in bulk.
Federal authorities say that Pugh then gave payback to these companies by awarding city contracts to them.
Calls have mounted for her to resign, but Baltimore statues maintain that a mayor cannot be removed from office by force unless convicted of a crime.
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