A former mayor of the city of Baltimore is going to federal prison for defrauding Maryland hospitals. She sat on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System, where she had the UMMS purchase over half a million dollars worth of her children’s book, “healthy holly.” All in all she made $850,000 in the scheme.
Catherine Pugh, 69, was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 years in prison for the scam.
“I have yet frankly to hear any explanation that makes sense,” the judge told her. “This was not a tiny mistake, lapse of judgment. This became a very large fraud. The nature and circumstances of this offense clearly I think are extremely, extremely serious.”