Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty today to perjury for failing to disclose her interest in Healthy Holly, LLC during her tenure as a Maryland state senator.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks sentenced her to six months in jail.
This state-level charge is on top of the three years in federal prison she faces following guilty pleas on federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges.
Today’s sentence will run concurrent to the federal sentence, meaning she will not spend any additional time in jail.
“Ensuring that our elected officials are transparent about their business relationships is essential to maintaining the integrity of our government institutions,” State Prosecutor Charlton Howard wrote in a statement.
Healthy Holly, LLC took in hundreds of thousands of dollars while Pugh was a state senator representing West Baltimore’s 40th District.
This included at least $345,000 in 2016, according to a statement of facts read at today’s hearing. (Pugh left the senate on December 6, 2016 to be sworn in as Baltimore’s 50th mayor.)
Much of that money came from Pugh selling “Healthy Holly” children’s books to the University of Maryland Medical System, where she both served on the board of directors and had significant influence as chair of the Senate Health Subcommittee.
She didn’t disclose that income on her required financial disclosures to the Maryland State Ethics Commission, but she did disclose her co-ownership of 2 Chic Boutique and other business interests.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Pugh was granted in April a two-month extension to report to federal prison.
She is now set to report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville, a medium-security prison for females in Alabama, next Friday (June 26).