ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland Medical System has recovered $100,000 of the $500,000 it spent on former board member and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books and is working to get the rest back, the board’s chairman told lawmakers Thursday.
At a meeting of the House’s Health and Government Operations Committee, Chairman James “Chip” DiPaula said the board is working with prosecutors to recover the rest of the money it spent.
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Pugh pleaded guilty in November to tax evasion and conspiracy charges in the “Healthy Holly” scandal, which brought major shakeups both in the UMMS board and at City Hall.
A report released in December found Pugh initially pitched the board’s purchase of her books as a way to “support UMMS’s “population health” initiative by disseminating health-oriented educational materials to children.” Despite that claim, the report found there was no evidence that executives actually read the books.