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The Latest: Lawyer to address Pugh’s fraud charges in court

November 20, 2019 GMT
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh gives a thumbs-up to supporters after her inauguration ceremony inside the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Pugh of using her “Healthy Holly” children’s books to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh gives a thumbs-up to supporters after her inauguration ceremony inside the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Pugh of using her “Healthy Holly” children’s books to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the federal indictment filed against former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A lawyer representing former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says he has no comment on the federal indictment charging her with fraud and tax evasion.

Defense attorney Steven Silverman says he’ll “address the matter in open court” on Thursday.

Authorities say the disgraced former mayor is expected to surrender to U.S. marshals ahead of her arraignment in federal court in Baltimore. Pugh has been in seclusion since April, days before federal investigators raided her homes and offices in search of evidence that her self-published “Healthy Holly” books were used to cover up hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

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11 a.m.

Maryland’s U.S. attorney says a federal indictment alleging tax and fire fraud charges against former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh illustrate “a betrayal of the public trust.”

U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announced an 11-count indictment against Pugh in Baltimore on Wednesday.

She’s accused of using proceeds from a self-published book sold to nonprofits and foundations to fund straw donations to her political campaign and for renovations on a home.

Pugh resigned in early May after authorities began probing whether she arranged bulk sales of “Healthy Holly” books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

Hur says there are many victims in the case, including taxpayers and the people of Baltimore, who expect and deserve integrity from their public officials.

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8:30 a.m.

The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore who resigned amid investigations into deals to sell her self-published children’s books has been charged with fraud and tax evasion.

An 11-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses Catherine Pugh of abusing her office for personal gain.

Pugh resigned in early May after authorities began probing whether she arranged bulk sales of “Healthy Holly” books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.