Mayor Pugh's former aide sentenced for violating election laws

Posted at 5:13 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 17:23:56-04

A former aide of Mayor Catherine Pugh was found guilty for making illegal contributions to the Committee to Elect Catherine Pugh finance campaign in 2016.

Gary Brown, Jr. was sentenced for violating election laws Tuesday.

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According to the State's Prosecutors Office, while working on Pugh's campaign, Brown deposited cash into the bank accounts of several family members and then immediately contributed that money to the Pugh campaign in the names of his mother, brother and stepfather. 

At the Board of Estimates Wednesday, Pugh was asked about Browns illegal contributions. 

"The Gary Brown that I know has been a good employee for years," Pugh said. The mayor added she stands by Brown and that "as far as I know, the campaign complied with election laws."

The contributions totaled $18,000. The maximum amount an individual is allowed to contribute is $6,000 per election cycle.