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Baltimore’s mayor is increasingly engulfed in a widening corruption scandal. The FBI and IRS have gotten involved and raided both her home and Baltimore’s city hall today:
Hauling out boxes of “Healthy Holly” books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents Thursday struck homes, businesses and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings widened.
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FBI agents and IRS officials executed search warrants at her City Hall office, Pugh’s two houses, and offices of the mayor’s allies, as the growing scandal consumed the city’s attention, generated national headlines and provoked fresh calls for the embattled Democratic mayor’s resignation.
Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed that agents from the Baltimore FBI office and the Washington IRS office searched at least six addresses. The U.S. attorney’s office confirmed the location of a seventh search. The actions were the first confirmation that federal authorities, as well as state officials, were investigating the mayor’s activities.
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Shortly after the raids began, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Pugh, who has taken a paid leave of absence as mayor, to resign. The Republican governor had asked the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor on April 1 to investigate Pugh’s sales of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s book series to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on its unpaid board of directors.
Catherine Pugh is just the latest in a line of corrupt Baltimore mayors. Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon stole gift cards intended for poor children last decade:
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But jurors did find Dixon guilty on a single “misappropriation by a fiduciary” charge – saying that sometime between December 2005 and late January 2006 while city council president, she took gift cards intended for charity and used them instead to buy electronics and other personal items at Best Buy and Target.
The cards had come from...
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