BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was charged with perjury for failing to disclose her business interest in Healthy Holly, LLC, while she served as a Maryland state senator, the state prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.
“She is charged with omitting to declare on her financial disclosure statements when she was a Maryland state senator in 2016, her relationship with Healthy Holly, LLC,” Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard said.
Charging documents filed in circuit court in Anne Arundel County said Pugh did not disclose her business interest in the company between 2012 and 2016 or her partial ownership of another company — 2 Chic Boutique — in 2013.
Pugh did disclose her interest in another LLC, Catherine E. Pugh and Company, as required while she was a senator. She also disclosed her interests in 2 Chic Boutique in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The sole perjury count charges Pugh with lying on her financial disclosure form in 2016. That year, she reportedly earned at least $345,000 through selling books from her self-published children’s book series.
“The fact that someone fails to do that is a significant violation of Maryland law and needs to be punished accordingly,” Howard said.
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In November, the former mayor pleaded guilty to four charges, including tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
The scandal ultimately led Pugh to resign.