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FBI and IRS Agents raided the homes and offices of embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh who has been out on leave since a criminal investigation was launched into her business dealings. Pugh is facing calls to resign over a scandal that involves sales of her children's books to entities that do business with the city of Baltimore.

Pugh, a Democrat, is facing a criminal investigation by the state prosecutor's office, as well as probes by the Baltimore Inspector General, according to published reports.

The feds are trying to determine whether Pugh used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks and bribes from business entities. Maryland's chief accountant described Pugh's deals to sell her books as "brazen cartoonish corruption."

Reporters stood by as federal agents carried boxes of evidence out of the mayor's office in City Hall and cordoned off her homes with yellow tape.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman in the agency's Baltimore office, confirmed agents were scouring Pugh's homes and offices, as well as the home of a top aide and other places that can't be revealed because the search warrants are sealed.

City Council member Bannon Scott called the raids "an embarrassment to the city."

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The scandal involves accusations that Pugh sold her "Healthy Holly" children's books to entities that do business with the city, including a health insurance company and the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she sits while serving in her capacity as a mayor.

Sales of the books earned about $800,000, according to tax returns submitted by the mayor's limited liability company (LLC).

Pugh reportedly sold $500,000 worth of books to the $4 billion hospital network over the years. She then pushed for legislation that would have benefitted the hospital system.

Pugh hasn't been heard from since she took an extended leave of absence more than three weeks ago, citing health concerns following a bout with pneumonia.

Six of her staffers joined her on leave without explanation. On Wednesday, the acting mayor fired three of them.

Photos by Paul Marotta/Getty Images, Paul Morigi/Getty Images

  • xenaD

    Wat in the world...

  • Yardgirl

    Good grief, it's open season on Black politicians. Well if you did your job without crooked shyte, you would be OK madam! AND WTF is going on with the shoes in hand??

  • Coy little wink

    What in the Beatles bowl cut?

  • OvertheMississippi

    See what I’m talking bout? ???

  • Guest

    Why is she holding her shoes?

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh my!! *clutches pearls*

  • Seldomseen

    Is she selling hats and shoes too

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Seems like it?????

  • goat

    This system is a joke.

  • goat

    Well, not really. They know WTF they're doing, protecting their own.

  • Faux Gibbler
  • Faux Gibbler

    The Healthy Holly Books ara a joke and poorly written.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "Sales of the books earned about $800,000"
    _______________________
    chile, forget Cathy! the roses need to be collaborating on a children's book, ASAPedly, LOL!

  • Topic Influencer

    Gee corruption in BALTIMORE. As if they aint been corrupt since the late 60s. Like famously. https://media0.giphy.com/media/l4HnUpvt9ghxKkuha/giphy.gif

  • MsChocolate

    That's what I'm screaming....

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The $hit AINT rocket science! Do what you are SUPPOSED to do and keep it pushing! All these folks living the HIGH life on other folks dime are THAT dumb to think they are NOT being watched by the Govt they work for/with?

    OK.. Lunch and dinners at expensive restaurants can be overlooked BUT NOT flying private jets, wearing designer clothes and Hermes bags KNOWING you used the Company card to purchase ALL of it. Just because the card has your name on it doesnt mean it belongs to you! Big dummy!

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/5xrkJe3IJKSze/giphy.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Her first book: "Healthy Holly".

    Her next book: "Holly Goes To Prison".

  • Topic Influencer

    Like...girl. Water is fukkin WET. Stoves get hot when you turn them on. Trees bloom in the spring.

    Why is this news? Some cities are famously corrupt all the way back to civil rights, and in the case of some like Chicago as an example...the damn it Civil WAR.

  • Ayeola George

    why are so many American Mayor's black??? Is it because blacks are usually occupying the urban space?

  • Just Me

    ????????LMAO!

  • Wile E. Coli

    Yes . It is. Nothing wrong with that but the problem occurs when they elect UNQUALIFIED people because

    A., They voted for skin color
    B. That's all there is to vote for.

    Take a good look at these cities and you will see they are poorly run and failing. Miserably. Baltimore is the perfect example. Because of this mayor, there are people in graves.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    They say then down one at a time! See NEGROES better stop by with the BS. KNOW we under scrutiny and still engaging in FOOLERY! KNOW DAYUM WELL THEM FOLKS GOT AN AGENDA! Yeah they will "ALLOW" a black person an opportunity to be in a position but you better know they waiting on the sideline waiting when you fuggup! YES KKKRAKKKAA do it all the time but dammit thats the way the system is rigged and until we learn how to government ourselves then this is what we have to contend with! Smdh

  • Joy King

    Please don’t tell me this woman ruined her life for $800,000. She couldn’t find a better scam than using a children’s book she wrote. Politicians are becoming lazy with how they execute their criminal activities.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    she wouldn't have been elected in the first place if Stephanie Rawlings had run for re-election https://media0.giphy.com/media/eB1lSTcY6ykeOO8MSU/giphy.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm too risk adverse. Idk why black folks don't understand they cannot commit crimes like white people. Particularly politicians. They already don't want you occupying the space. Smdh... just dumb.

  • xenaD

    Getting caught left and right! Damn.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Rayne

    Is that a purse in her hands or boxing gloves? ???? I can’t make that out.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL!!!!!!!

    Baltimore folks have a unique sense 'style'

  • Guest

    Ugly Shoes!

  • Topic Influencer

    I wanna holdcho hannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.... I wanna hold ya hand. https://media1.giphy.com/media/ZXdPWPdzDTFlK/giphy.gif

  • Rayne

    Lmao ?

  • Rayne

    ???

  • Ayeola George

    damn ... I am reading the same about the Mayor of Atlanta... why don't they see this as an opportunity to show black excellence? I mean you're getting a good salary ( I hope) and then the status and prestige that comes with it .. what more do you want?

  • Topic Influencer

    Now I have questions about this gif. Is this damn it RINGO playing the guitar? He a drummer. I thought it was Paul. It aint him. Lmaooo.Lord now I gotta go look.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    depends on what you consider "many" ...election of Black Mayors is actually on the decline.

  • WinterIsComing

    From my up close view of rico and bribery, I can attest that folks will continue to do what they think they can get away with. These people are narcissistic, arrogant, lying bamboozlers. I could write a book on it and it’d be a NY Times Bestseller.

  • MsChocolate

    LOL

  • Joslyn Broussard

    I think George is the guitarist.

  • Wile E. Coli

    They're not capable. I believe all of them are Democrats, correct me if I am wrong.

    The tendency to disavow any politician that hasn't been towing the Democrat line for the last 40 years has caused irreparable harm to these cities and the people living in them. More Conservative leaders , who would govern much differently are NEVER given the opportunity because they're relegated to being called 'coons' or 'uncle toms'. But in the end, they're just people with better ideas who might ask black America to be responsible for some of their own problems. voting for the wrong people, taking the easy way out, will NEVER get anyone anywhere.

  • TransMichelle

    BULLSH*T...The Donald is president and white and they've been on him since before he stepped in the White House. The Swamp is being drained regardless of the person's color.

  • TransMichelle

    They need to throw Maxine Waters in the mix while they're at it. How that criminal remains in congress is beyond me. Mad Maxine is the one they should be after. Ordinary citizens have been put in jail for “advocating violence” in the manner of Maxine Waters. She is one of the pillars of the “Deep Swamp." But that's coming soon along with the others as the swamp continues to be drained. Indictments are on the way! YIPPEE!

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  • Kanyade

    why can't folks just "play it straight".

    out here doing all the runs and vibrato and contraltos and other musical terms i'm not familiar with. just play[sing] it straight. stop doing the most and just do what your job requires, sheesh. as a writer/creative this sickens me--i'm sick. using children's books to front your frontin'. ugh.

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/8DVjdE7A64SzK/giphy.gif

  • TransMichelle

    Yep, you got it!

  • Marlika

    When these negros need to remember that “we” can’t do the same thing YT does and get away with it.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Ringo is the drummer Shug, LOL!

  • Topic Influencer

    Correct. So I know it aint him. I cant find this pic noplace. We going with its Sir George. I know who its NOT...John Lennon lmao. My mama would be so damn it disappointed in me not knowing my Beatles lmao.

  • luVn_liFe…

    shoes.. my THOT is why is she holding her shoes up??

  • WhoKnew

    I remember about 20 years ago I was working for a law firm and my boss told me to come into his office and he handed me a document and told me not to read it and that I should only make copies and go to certain attorney's offices and put the document face down on their chair if they weren't in their office. He said by reading the document I could risk jail. So I went and made the copies but before doing so I read the document. He was representing an airline that was trying to take-over a major airline. The next day he asked me if I had read the document and I said no. I went home and told my husband I ain't finna go to jail for noBodTee and that I was going to quit. Before I could do so he called me into his office and told me to go and collect the document from each attorney and shred it because the plan fell through. He said it's a good thing you didn't read it because we all could have went to jail. WTF? Never again because his loyalty would not have been with me and the firm sure as hell would not have provided me with one of their top-notch defense attorneys. Nerp.

  • Topic Influencer

    He is. But that dont TRULY look like him. Maybe? IDK.

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, I could write one too. I done seen some stuff working at law firms.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'm a lil put out myself... i KNOW you know better...

    *shakes head disapprovingly*

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'm a lil put out myself... i KNOW you know better...

    *shakes head disapprovingly*

  • Seldomseen

    Is that what it is

  • Seldomseen

    Is that what it is

  • RespectSelf

    Well that's nice that he told you upfront. Had he not made a big to do about it... would you have even read it?

  • RespectSelf

    Well that's nice that he told you upfront. Had he not made a big to do about it... would you have even read it?

  • Topic Influencer

    I mean...they was okay. She tried to teach us lol. The coolest white boys during that era IMO were the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. Now I know ALL of THEM lmao.

  • Topic Influencer

    I mean...they was okay. She tried to teach us lol. The coolest white boys during that era IMO were the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. Now I know ALL of THEM lmao.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yep (and that's all i got to say 'bout it)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yep (and that's all i got to say 'bout it)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'm with you on that... i loved them stoned Stones, LOL!

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, I'm nosy like that so I still would have read it -- and he piqued my curiosity.

  • WinterIsComing

    I’ve personally known folks that thought they were smarter than the feds. It never works out.

  • Guest

    Why didn't he just put the documents on the desk/chairs his D**n self!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Trans BYE!!!! AND YET TRUMP IS STILL PRESIDENT AND WILL BE TIL HIS TERM IS UP!!! GTFOH!! AND BESIDES B THIS IF MY OPINION. JUST LIKE AN ASSHOLE EVERYBODY HAS ONE.. EXCEPPT MY ASSHOLE IS TIGHT and don't LEAK!

  • Yoni7
  • hi-liter

    She must was at a Tory Burch sponsored event.....

  • Topic Influencer

    I took mom to see them back in the 90s. I was still in HS. saved all my little coins from working and took her and my aunt came up for it too. Fast fwd to 2014. They wanted to go again. Ummm first of all yall NOR Mick and for SURE Keith who been looking dead since I was a KID.... need to be outside in NC in damn it JULY. They play at our open football stadium. Dont yall be SEEING the damn WARNINGS about elderly folks and HEAT? We not going. https://media3.giphy.com/media/gnE4FFhtFoLKM/giphy.gif

  • stav

    If known racist governors can keep their jobs, let her!

  • GAPeach

    Why shouldn't America's mayors be Black? And let's be real...there aren't SO MANY of them that you should have even made this ignorant ass comment. Do you think White mayors aren't corrupt? Politics in general is a corrupt business. We have a White (or orange) ass President who is corrupt as hell, focus on that.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rayne

    ??

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile yew took the words right outta my mouf....i I thought they were gloves. The hat and whateva she's holding is hideous

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Yardgirl

    That story is crazzzzy!! I would have read it too and said I didn't. No effing way am I doing all that covert operation "blindly" I don't trust nary one of them saltines, nan a dem!! Tuh!!

  • Yardgirl

    Hells yeah!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    the end.

  • WinterIsComing

    Right! She did thee most to show off that symbol in those shoes

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns
  • Karen Brady

    "but before doing so I read the document. " OKAY!

  • Karen Brady

    LMAOOOOOOOOOO.. Okay twin!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Cdfu...hush!!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Cdfu...hush!!!!

  • WhoKnew

    He was a crazy sumbytch. That man made $800 an hour and was lazy AF. He was too lazy to pay his phone and credit card bills and as much money as he made the credit card companies got tired of giving him a pass. One day he got a call from a client and needed to hop a plane ASAP and when i went to make his air/hotel reservations all his cards were declined. So he says to me that I had better get one of his credit cards working because he was going to need to buy a suit and change of clothes because he didn't have time to go home. He said if I didn't get one of his cards working he was going to fire me. This was before "document gate". Long story short. All the card companies said no until he paid his bill, but they could not expedite the payments to get the cards working. I called one company 3 times and finally she told me to call back in 15 minutes, which I did and she said they had extended him $25,000 in credit. This smug sumbytch comes out of his office thinking he was going to fire me and you should have seen the look on his face when I told him I had gotten him a $25,000 line of credit. When he returned I put a stack of his bills on his desk and had his checkbook out to write a check to everybody he owed. He did it too. Ain't gonna worry me to death and threaten me cuz he didn't pay his damned bills. I'm curling my toes happily retired now. Lawyers are a different type of bird. No offense just in case you're a lawyer.

  • WhoKnew

    He was a crazy sumbytch. That man made $800 an hour and was lazy AF. He was too lazy to pay his phone and credit card bills and as much money as he made the credit card companies got tired of giving him a pass. One day he got a call from a client and needed to hop a plane ASAP and when i went to make his air/hotel reservations all his cards were declined. So he says to me that I had better get one of his credit cards working because he was going to need to buy a suit and change of clothes because he didn't have time to go home. He said if I didn't get one of his cards working he was going to fire me. This was before "document gate". Long story short. All the card companies said no until he paid his bill, but they could not expedite the payments to get the cards working. I called one company 3 times and finally she told me to call back in 15 minutes, which I did and she said they had extended him $25,000 in credit. This smug sumbytch comes out of his office thinking he was going to fire me and you should have seen the look on his face when I told him I had gotten him a $25,000 line of credit. When he returned I put a stack of his bills on his desk and had his checkbook out to write a check to everybody he owed. He did it too. Ain't gonna worry me to death and threaten me cuz he didn't pay his damned bills. I'm curling my toes happily retired now. Lawyers are a different type of bird. No offense just in case you're a lawyer.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    here you go Sis... LMAO!!!

    *strokes your hair*
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/9Pb5Agikk0RX4WYlUO/giphy.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    here you go Sis... LMAO!!!

    *strokes your hair*
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/9Pb5Agikk0RX4WYlUO/giphy.gif

  • WhoKnew

    Exactly. Before I put one page in the copier I closed the door to the copy room and started reading.

  • Chhzz

    and then shares it with the world years later..

  • WhoKnew

    That's because ain't nuffin nobody can do to me now. Way pass the statue of limitations. And the airline that was trying to take-over the airline is no longer in business and the one that they were trying to take-over is still in business and doing very well. My point is to the story of how people/employers like Mayor Pugh try to get employees to do undercover stuff that could land them in the pokey. It's a lot of covert stuff going on in the work place and my then-boss was way up there as one of the top lawyers in the country. When you reach his level yeah they start to believe they're invincible.

  • Ms. Jackson

    While I was working for the federal govt .. . Well.... Yea.... People do all kinds of shit they not supposed to do.

  • WhoKnew

    LMAOOOOOOOOOO.. Okay twin!
    ____________________________

    I'm nosy AF and I own it. LMAO!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • GAPeach

    LOL! Too much? I hate stupid people.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile! first and foremost i need to make sure MY name ain't in there, LOL!!!

  • Yup, I said it

    It may have been illegal because of stock market insider trading info. That's what Martha Stewart went to jail for and Enron got in trouble for. Buyouts and Mergers have to be kept secret until officially announced to the entire market, its a crime to share it before the market knows.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    just caught me off guard is all... LOL!!!

  • Stacey J

    Right or wrong...when are we going to learn that we can't get into the same mess that white folks do? They are looking at us harder...they set folks up, let them think no one is paying attending and then wait for them to take the bait. These folks better stop thinking they can do the same stuff...the fall is gonna be real.

  • Mrs. Davis804

    Black politicians keeping the benign neglect policy in place in majority ADOS cities for approval and sambo trinkets are suffering from butter biscuit malaise. It's way past time to clean house, we late.

  • Yardgirl

    ????As you should have!!

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly MY first thought!! ? ?

  • Yardgirl

    Whooosaaah!! The devil himself!!??

  • Elevated Soul

    Truth...Isn't it something how that ugleeee wig wearing James Brown look alike is always talking? She truly need to have a giant glass of STFU. I find Democrats to often accuse people of what they are guilty of.

    Stupid Blacks advocate for her and all she care about are those leeching azzzzzzzz illegal aliens in her district...

  • Coffee1st

    My god you just nailed it.
    Every black person in high or powerful positions need to understand THIS!!!
    They in the cut watchin yo silly, disillusioned behind get comfortable.. then
    ?BAM?...gotcha ni**a!!! ??????

  • Guest

    I hope you got paid well Sis; happy retirement.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly they are so stupid.....Ignorant people will always believe what they are "told to believe" because the people who feed them the lies,know these are not people who will do the research.

    This is why I don't discuss politics, in person with Black Democrats because many don't know shyt.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Red bones don’t care about rules

  • WhoKnew

    Right. He told me all about it after the plans fell through and explained the top secrecy of it all because it would have been a "hostile takeover" and whatnot. Like I said after I read that document, I went home and told my husband I was quitting but it worked out when the plans fell through. I done seen some stuff on the job ...lawd have mercy...

  • NipseyHusslewasatrueKing

    Get "em Auntie Maxine

  • WhoKnew

    Yup, tell me about it. I done seen a lot of illegal stuff on the job that more likely than not would have gotten some of these lawyers disbarred and some even would have gone to jail.

  • WhoKnew

    Never.

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, I did get paid well, but it wasn't worth a stint in the hoosegow.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    DAT PART RIGHT DARE!!! That's one of the main reasons to read it.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Me too and I've mastered having selective amnesia. Ask me and I will tell you quick as a flash *eyes rolled in the air ? and my finger across my chin?* "I dont know".

  • xxxgracious

    Hahahahaha

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl, never mind explaining yourself to people... you need to be writing a book where the names have been changed to protect the privileged, LOL!!!

  • B.Loveitt

    I'm not going to say the truth but Black folks need to learn how politics work.

  • Mister Fantastic

    When she comes out that bubble,
    Red Grinch will be in Double Trouble

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    They are Tory Burch a ww brand disguised as minimalist class to imo is really taky AF.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks sis!

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