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State Prosecutor charges Catherine Pugh with perjury related to Healthy Holly

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 16:09:10-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is facing more charges, this time on the State level for perjury.

On Wednesday, State Prosecutor Charlton Howard charged Pugh for her failure to disclose her business interest in Healthy Holly, LLC during her tenure as a Maryland State Senator.

The charging documents were filed in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

Prosecutors say Pugh was required to disclose any earned income from any business interests she had while a Senator.

The charges say Pugh disclosed other business ventures, but not her interest in Healthy Holly, LLC.

According to charging documents, Pugh earned at least $345,000 in 2016 through sales of her Healthy Holly books, but failed to mention that she owned the company on her financial disclosure forms submitted to the Maryland State Ethics Commission. The financial disclosures are sworn and signed under penalty of perjury.

“Transparency from our elected officials is an essential aspect of protecting Maryland residents from corruption and political malfeasance,” said Howard. “Our office is committed to ensuring that those who abuse positions of trust in our state and local governments are held accountable by the State of Maryland.”

Pugh has already pleaded guilty to multiple federal tax related charges tied to the Healthy Holly books. She's scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on February 27, 2020.

You can read the new charging documents below.

State v Pugh Criminal Information by Wmar Web on Scribd