close Video Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh apologizes before tax evasion sentencing Raw Video: The former Baltimore mayor releases an apology video following her conviction on federal tax evasion and conspiracy charges. Catherine Pugh, a former mayor of Baltimore, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday following her conviction on federal tax evasion and conspiracy charges related to the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to help fund a political career, the Baltimore Sun reported. Addressing the courtroom, Maryland’s U.S. District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow slammed material–including a 13-minute video released Wednesday–that touts Pugh’s past accomplishments and was submitted to the court before sentencing. BALTIMORE EX-MAYOR RELEASES APOLOGY VIDEO AHEAD OF THURSDAY SENTENCING: ‘I REALLY MESSED UP’ Chasanow described praising Pugh’s past good work as “ironic,” as “it was precisely that reputation for good work that allowed her to commit these offenses and continue the fraud for as long as she did,” the Baltimore Sun reported. “It is astounding and I have yet frankly to hear any explanation that makes sense. This was not a tiny mistake, lapse of judgment. This became a very large fraud. The nature and circumstances of this offense clearly I think are extremely, extremely serious,” the… Read full this story
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