BREAKING: Former Dem Mayor of Baltimore Indicted on 11 Counts of Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion

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Embattled former Baltimore Mayor and Democrat Catherine Pugh has been federally indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud and tax evasion.

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Per Mike Hellgren: The indictment alleges that for tax year 2016 Pugh claimed her taxable income was $31,020 and the tax due was $4,168, when in fact, Pugh’s taxable income was $322,365, with an income tax due of approximately $102,444

Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone of the FBI’s Baltimore Division.  “The indictment alleges that Catherine Pugh betrayed the public’s trust. The FBI will continue to diligently work to detect fraud and corruption and hold those who violate this trust accountable.”

WBAL reports former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been indicted on 11 federal charges based on accusations she used her children’s books as a ruse to raise money for her campaign and a new house.

Pugh, 69, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion.

The indictment doesn’t contain big surprises, but it details how Pugh, as a state senator and as Baltimore mayor, allegedly devised and carried out a scheme to make money, set up fake campaign donors and then a fake paper trail to cheat on her taxes.

“She lied to the IRS in order to pay less in taxes,” U.S. Attorney Robert Hur said. “She violated Maryland state election law, which prohibits someone from making a campaign contribution in someone else’s name.”

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“Ms. Pugh blurred the line between her public duties and private business,” said Jennifer Boone, FBI special agent in charge.

Pugh was charged on Nov. 14 and the charges were made public Wednesday. She is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow at 1 p.m. Thursday. Pugh is expected to self-surrender to the U.S. marshals prior to the hearing.

The 11 News I-Team asked Pugh’s attorney, Steve Silverman, for comment and whether Pugh will plead guilty. He had no comment and said he would address the second part of the question in court Thursday.