Ex-Baltimore Mayor's Attorney Says No Prison Is Needed, Her Shame Is Enough

Sandy Malone

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's attorneys pushed back against prosecutors' five-year sentencing recommendation.

Baltimore, MD – Federal prosecutors called the disgraced former mayor of Baltimore “a scammer” on Thursday and asked the judge to sentence her to almost five years in prison.

Prosecutors called former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s crimes “a recurring pattern of well-executed steps that built on each other, becoming more audacious and complex leading up to the mayoral election,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

“The chronology of events since 2011, comprising Pugh’s seven-year scheme to defraud, multiple years of tax evasion, election fraud, and attempted cover-ups, including brazen lies to the public, clearly establishes the deliberateness with which she pursued financial and political gain without a second thought about how it was harming the public’s trust,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Martin J. Clarke and Leo J. Wise wrote in their sentencing recommendation to the court.

Pugh, a 69-year-old Democrat, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion, and seven counts of wire fraud in connection with her series of “Healthy Holly” books on Nov. 13, 2019, WBAL reported.

"She lied to the IRS in order to pay less in taxes," U.S. Attorney Robert Hur said. "She violated Maryland state election law which prohibits someone from making a campaign contribution in someone else's name."

Hur said that the disgraced former mayor’s actions victimized Baltimore’s taxpayers, according to WBAL.

“The victims are all of us, the taxpayers and the people of Baltimore who expect and deserve integrity from their public officials,” he said. “The people of Baltimore expect – and they should expect – that elected officials place the interests of their citizens above their own.”

Pugh also allegedly defrauded the Baltimore public school system and health care companies by failing to deliver books they paid for, according to The New York Times.

In some cases, she accepted payment for thousands of books that were never even printed, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Pugh received nearly $800,000 for her books, both before and after she was elected as mayor, The Washington Post reported.

“Corrupt public employees rip off the taxpayers and undermine everyone’s faith in government,” Hur said, according to The New York Times.

Prior to making her plea agreement, Pugh was facing up to 175 years in prison if she was convicted of the charges against her, according to The Baltimore Sun.

But a sentencing memorandum submitted to the court by Pugh’s attorneys on Friday argued that the beleaguered former politician had already suffered enough and that prosecutors were asking too much with five years, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Pugh’s attorney argued that a sentence of one year and one day in prison would be more than enough additional punishment.

“Ms. Pugh has become a tragic figure — an inspiring person dedicated to helping her community who is now a disgraced, unemployed felon, and who has lost everything that she had,” the sentencing memo read. “Such a sentence, coupled with the loss of her entire career, the public dishonor, and serious economic loss that she has and will continue to suffer, would result in a significant punishment for Ms. Pugh’s actions.”

In three redacted pages of the memo, Pugh’s attorneys detailed the impact her arrest has had on her mental health and highlighted the fact the prison system is ill-prepared to deal with the elderly and mentally infirm, the Baltimore Sun reported.

She will be sentenced on the federal charges in U.S. District Court on Feb. 27.

Pugh is also facing perjury charges in Maryland state court for failing to disclose the “Healthy Holly” business on her financial disclosure forms when she was a state senator.

She is due in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for that case on March 13, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Comments (75)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Let her rot in jail with all the other criminals and pay her debt to society and the trust she was given and abused for her personal gain.

DEMOCRATS ARE CRIMINALS !!

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flybynight
flybynight

I didn't see her lawyers name.

shooter
shooter

Uh...that'd be a "no" for me.

SEVEN frikkin' years of that crap?

No...throw the book at anyone who violates the public trust.

Rtrdfed0274
Rtrdfed0274

Everything she is now facing is a direct result of her own calculated criminal actions. She was “an inspiring person dedicated to helping her community”? For the right price I’m sure. I guess she’s just following her party’s tradition; the likes of Elijah Cummings, Shiela Dickson, Tawanna Gaines, Cheryl Webb et. al.

HAMMER 2012-
HAMMER 2012-

She's a typical leftist, huckster, liar, cheater. 30 years for her.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

After all the crimes she committed, 5 years is the LEAST she should be in jail... the shame will be there when she gets out.

Make her an example that actions have consequences

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Terminaters168
Terminaters168

She should be ashamed of the job she did. She is a failure

Webster82
Webster82

"Pugh was facing up to 175 years in prison if she was convicted of the charges against her, according to The Baltimore Sun."

I'll accept half of that sentence.

However, if it were any one of the average Americans standing the same trial, the government would come at us with everything they have!

sharleon
sharleon

I agree that she should pay for her crimes. Stop with the pity party!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Actions have consequences. Crimes are punished by prison time. Her "shame" is due to being caught, not because of the illegal activity. It's disgraceful to suggest that the personal consequences for being exposed as corrupt are possibly equivalent to actually serving time. Obviously any criminal who is caught will say they are ashamed to try to get a lighter sentence.

Let her go to prison, for a LONG time. She can use that time to think about what she's done. Maybe then she'll actually be apologetic. But I'm not holding my breath.

Bellacat
Bellacat

She under mental stress because she got caught and prosecuted. Now it’s time to pay the piper. Five years is not nearly enough for preying on the people of Baltimore.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

A Democrat, jail, and the mentally infirmed. Someone please help me make the connection here! 🤪🤪🤪

LEO0301
LEO0301

It's about time one of these criminal politicians ended up behind bars. Five years doesn't seem long enough.

Anomie88
Anomie88

If a police officer was convicted of those crimes, the mayor and her cronies would have accepted nothing less than the maximum sentence available. But with her, she wants sympathy. Typical hypocrisy.

TSport
TSport

Just as bad as that screwhead weinersteiner walking around with a wheeled walker..
Yet no problem with steps
...what a bunch of pussies!!!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Gee shame wasn't enough for Martha Stewart and she was only sent to prison for taking advantage of insider information tip. This lady is charged with a laundry list that would make a career criminal blush.

LynnSB
LynnSB

You have to be kidding me with all the damn crimes this woman has committed and gotten away with until now why the hell is there only a recommendation for less than five years oh yeah you guys are really sending a strong message for them not to do this shit and her attorney really her humiliation is enough bullshit !! This lying piece of shit did the crimes her ass should be in jail until the day she dies a minimum of 20 years and considering she’s 69 I’m guessing that’ll work less than five why the hell don’t you just send her to a spa and serve a champagne and caviar

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Drag out that Golden Parachute!!

NYXX
NYXX

Talk about an "in your face" to tax payers and their elitist double standards. If any one of us did these crimes. We'd probably never see the light of day.

Deny777
Deny777

"the people of Baltimore who expect and deserve integrity from their public officials” never gonna get that in Baltimore.

Truthorconsequences
Truthorconsequences

Elderly, mentally infirm, and let's not forget to play the race card (even though the majority of her voters are black!), female gender and Democrat excuses. When are people going to start prosecuting these lieing, thieving corrupt turds and stop voting for them?!!!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Give her 20 years and I'D BE happy with that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I don't think so biatch! You are getting off easy with the 5 years!! Do your time!!

natoj
natoj

Boo Hoo u play u should pay....enough with the sympathy card

fatdaddy50
fatdaddy50

She had violated a public trust. She should not have been given a plea agreement. Let her serve her time as anyone should. Anyone who violates the trust of its citizens should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Buzz17
Buzz17

No! She committed a crime & she's already receiving a reduced sentence that she doesn't deserve. We've seen too many like her. The photo shows her looking terrible. She gets off, & a week later, she's strutting around the nation in designer clothes, still selling her "books"! No! She serves her sentence without special privileges of any kind.

Listenup
Listenup

She deserves what any of the rest of us would get. I say give her the full 175

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

From the indictment:

On Pugh's 2016 1040 form, she stated that her income for the year was $31,020, and her taxes were $4,168.

In fact, her income was $322,365, and her tax due was $102,444.

On Pugh's 2015 1040 form, she stated that her income for the year was $39,001, and her taxes were $5,550.

In fact, her income was $76,175, and her tax due was $14,940.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

look at Manafort, Flynn, stone..and her attorneys want us to feel sorry for her??? HELL NO let her rot..and hopefully comey McCabe Bolton all will be taken down by new investigations goin on by DOJ behind the scenes..at least I am praying

Raymelson
Raymelson

If can't do the time then don't do the crime enough said

junkmansj
junkmansj

Too many Politicians from both sides, get a Hand Smack and Probation or nothing at all. Then turn around and run for office again. Put her in JAIL!

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

And Sheila Dixon, former mayor who was charged with theft and fraud regarding gift cards for poor children and Xboxes, is running for mayor... And what's worse... The residents still like her !

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

Give her the sentence that they would give a "no name/no fame" guy like me...

shortybbc
shortybbc

how come when crimes like this are done its always Democrat's but yet people keep voting them into office Goes on all the time here in Philadelphia a stupid democratic city

checksix
checksix

Baltimore would probably re-elect her. DC's Marion Barry is a perfect example.

retribution
retribution

She had plenty of time to stop her corrupt actions and decide to make a change to serve her constituency, but her greed and love of money was worth more than her oath and honor. You gambled and you lost, now pay your debt to society!

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Public servants and politicians should get a stiffer penalty, for breaking the publics' trust.

LMBuckley
LMBuckley

She'd better spend some time in the slammer, I'm sick and tired of watching liberals commit crimes and walking away Scott free...

Diwatson
Diwatson

That would be a terrible injustice to our legal system. The fact she was in a public position of power does make her shame any greater than a man who steals to feed his children. She broke the law and knew full well she was doing it and still did it over a long period of time. She should get no mire mercy than anyone else would who committed such a heinous crime.

Blueblood345
Blueblood345

Send the convict to prison for twenty years.

Tchief
Tchief

Hell she is a hero in the democratic society. Bernie will probably ask her to be his Vice President running mate. Let her crooked ass rot in hell while she sits in prison for life.

Spaniard65
Spaniard65

Send this PATHETIC TURD to jail where she belongs.

lonocop
lonocop

She could simply hang herself. She won't have any more remorse or guilt, and put her in a popper's grave.


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