On Thursday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service raided Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s house and City Hall. The FBI confirmed that agents from the FBI Baltimore Office and the IRS Criminal Division are executing court-authorized search warrants.
Pugh’s spokesman, James Bentley, told the Associated Press Thursday that he hadn’t spoken with her doesn’t know where she is. Pugh’s defense attorney, Steve Silverman, did not immediately return calls Acting Mayor Jack Young has not yet made a comment. Mayor Pugh had been on indefinite leave since April 1. She said she is recovering from pneumonia.
Pugh is under fire for receiving half a million dollars from the University of Maryland Medical System for her “Healthy Holly” children’s book while serving on the system’s board. She also received money for her book from other entities that do business with the city. Officials are reviewing deals with at least three businesses: Carefirst, Kaiser Permanente and Ariel Investments.