BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Agents from the FBI Baltimore Office and the IRS Criminal Division executed court-authorized search warrants at Mayor Catherine Pugh’s house and City Hall, among other locations, Thursday morning. Five locations in total were in the search warrant. The fed also served a subpoena to a 6th location. Here’s a list of all the locations and why they were part of the federal investigation.
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Several agents walked into City Hall Thursday morning and left with boxes throughout the morning. City Solicitor Andre Davis said the search was contained to Mayor Pugh’s office in the second-floor suites. This includes City Council president’s office, the city comptroller’s office and councilmembers’ offices.
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Pugh’s Current Home
FBI and IRS agents were seen raiding the mayor’s home on Ellamont Avenue early Thursday morning, at one point an agent walked into Pugh’s home with a case of water. They left with more than 12 boxes of items from her home.
Pugh’s Second Home
Her previous home, on Dennlyn Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, was lined with yellow tape. This address is tied with her Healthy Holly franchise.
Agents were seen carrying out two large boxes earlier Thursday morning.
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Agents also arrived at Maryland Center for Adult Training, one of Pugh’s businesses. She once led the program at the MCAT building. The three Pugh staffers fired Wednesday by acting Mayor Jack Young sat on the board of MCAT from 2017 to 2019.
The webpage has been deleted from the training centers website, but is available via internet archive- and lists the mayor as chair emeritus.
Our media partner the Baltimore Sun reports MCAT has received thousands of dollars from the city to operate.
Gary Brown Jr.’s Home:
One of her aides, Gary Brown Jr. Brown was fired Wednesday by Acting Mayor Jack Young. Pugh stood by Brown in 2017 when he pled guilty to a campaign finance crime tied to her 2016 mayoral campaign.
The fed visited a sixth location today, but it was not a part of the raid.
FBI and IRS agents served a subpoena for original financial records belonging to the mayor at Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, LLC, her attorney’s office, but it was not a raid
Her attorney said the requested documents had previously been sequestered from all other client matters of the firm and were not commingled with any of the firm’s other clients’ information or documents.
They said the agents were directed to the sequestered area with the mayor’s documents and the firm complied with the subpoena.
“There was no ‘raid’ of the firm as reported in the media and the agents did not conduct a search of the firm. The agents also did not seek or obtain any attorney-client privileged communications with the Mayor, or any other information or documents from the firm or its clients. The agents were polite and courteous and the process was conducted in an expeditious and professional manner,” They said in their statement.MORE NEWS: Road Closures & Parking Restrictions To Expect For The Preakness Stakes
“We will continue to vigorously defend the Mayor, who is entitled the presumption of innocence,” They concluded.