#8147050 at 2020-02-15 20:32:45 (UTC+1) Q Research General #10429: Mini Mike's VP Says He Didn't Kill Himself Edition
US prosecutors seek nearly 5-year sentence for ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh
Federal prosecutors laid out an array of new details from their investigation into former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh in documents filed Thursday, as they argued she should receive nearly five years in prison for conspiracy and tax evasion.
The blistering, 37-page sentencing memorandum, accompanied by financial records and copies of checks, for the first time pinpointed the number of "Healthy Holly" children's books Pugh sold - and resold. It outlined her efforts to conceal her dealings, including lying to FBI agents who came to her house to seize her cellphone.
It also raised further questions regarding the roles of city Comptroller Joan Pratt, who co-owned a business with Pugh that prosecutors say was used to launder an illegal campaign contribution and which filed a false tax return, and of a major city contractor who wrote out a check to that business in addition to buying Pugh's books.
"The chronology of events since 2011, comprising Pugh's seven-year scheme to defraud, multiple years of tax evasion, election fraud, and attempted cover-ups, including brazen lies to the public, clearly establishes the deliberateness with which she pursued financial and political gain without a second thought about how it was harming the public's trust," wrote Assistant U.S. Attorneys Martin J. Clarke and Leo J. Wise.
Pugh, 69, was elected mayor in 2016. The Democrat resigned in May after federal agents raided her City Hall office and her houses.
She reached a plea agreement in November with prosecutors and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27 by U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow in Baltimore.
Prosecutors told the judge that Pugh knowingly sought to defraud purchasers of her "Healthy Holly" books, reap financial and political benefits, and pay little or no taxes. They accused her of compounding an array of problems already facing the city and of feigning an interest in addressing childhood obesity with the books on healthy lifestyles for kids.
At one point they referred to her as a "scammer," and said the children's books were intended to woo voters and bolster her campaign coffers. Purchasers told investigators they felt the books advanced the goals of their community outreach programs.
#7240067 at 2019-07-29 10:43:28 (UTC+1) Q Research General #9263: Ebake Wait for the DoUGH Edition
USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city' - Baltimore Sun
Feb 19, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Baltimore's highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday.
Though official data from the FBI won't be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation's 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 homicides the city experienced in 2017 were a 17 percent increase over the prior year, and translated to a rate of 56 killed per 100,000 people.
That easily outpaced New Orleans and Detroit, which both had about 40 killings per 100,000 people, according to the report.
Baltimore had more homicides last year than New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, all considerably larger cities. Only Chicago, also a considerably larger city, had more.
USA Today used the nation's top 50 cities, which omits St. Louis, a city of about 315,000 people that had 205 killings in 2017. St. Louis' homicide rate of 65 would easily top Baltimore's rate.
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The review showed killings across the country decreased by at least 1 percent in large jurisdictions compared with 2016.
So far in 2018, Baltimore is seeing a decline in homicides. Through Sunday, 31 people had been killed, compared with 47 killed at the same time last year - a decline of about 34 percent. Other types of crime are also down across the board.
Mayor Catherine E. Pugh fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in late January, replacing him with department veteran Darryl De Sousa. State and federal authorities have been stepping up arrests using open warrants, and residents organized a recent Ceasefire weekend.
#6123416 at 2019-04-10 20:45:23 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7831: The PANIC Watch Edition
Baltimore City Council Demands Mayor To Resign After $500k Book Fraud
The 14 members of the Baltimore City Council requested Monday for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh's resignation over her ongoing children's book scandal, The Washington Post reports.
In a two-sentence letter, the council said the "entire membership of the Baltimore City Council believes that it is not in the best interest of the City of Baltimore for you to continue to serve as Mayor. We urge you to tender your resignation, effective immediately."
#6060571 at 2019-04-05 19:56:11 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7751: Electrical Workers Edition
Baltimore's University of Maryland Medical Center, has evolved into the entity currently at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal.
Until 1984, Baltimore had two public hospitals, where all of our neighbors in need of health care were welcome and the wallet-ectomy was not the most common procedure.
By the end of 1984 (the year used for the title of George Orwell's prescient dystopian novel wherein the misuse of language is a key element), University Hospital became the "non-profit" University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore City Hospital became the "non-profit" Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital.
Here "non-profit" became an Orwellian term for the enrichment of directors and officers.
Likewise, the pledge of "respect for the individual" by the hospitals' new directors and officers meant that staff no longer needed public employee protections - or pesky unions that worked for living wages, decent benefits and fair grievance procedures.
Big Bucks, Bad Management?
The case for private-entity superiority is weak: for every Motor Vehicle Administration nightmare, there is a private health insurance horror story.
Privatization does, however, facilitate profits, especially for the elites who control the levers of power and decisionmaking.
Thus, we have the directors and officers of Bayview and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) who are compensated most handsomely while employees struggle, like Johns Hopkins workers who have said they must depend upon food stamps and Medicaid.
At the "non-profit" UMMS, four top officials were paid more than one million dollars each, according to tax returns for 2015.
Robert A. Chrencik, the hospital president and chief executive officer, received $2.58 million and eleven officers received at least $588,229 per year.
The following year, Chrencik got a raise that brought him $4.27 million in compensation, a one-year increase of 65%. Nice work if you can get it.
At the same times, members of the UMMS board converted their unpaid positions into lucrative contracts for ambulances, fundraising, human resources, banking, bonds, pest control, management consultation, insurance and strategic planning.
In the case of Catherine E. Pugh, who served on the UMMS board while a state senator and then as Baltimore's mayor, a company she formed received $500,000 from the hospital system for her self-published Healthy Holly children's books.
Now those same board members and officers have requested a $75 million revenue increase for 2019, citing administrative costs that have soared 88% since 2014.
As a former CEO of a multi-million-dollar nonprofit agency, I know that our directors and donors would have demanded answers from management for these sorts of numbers - the first being: "Can't we find someone more effective and efficient?"
#6021433 at 2019-04-02 23:02:55 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7701: Thunder and Lightning Edition
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, engulfed by a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for her self-published "Healthy Holly" children's books, announced Monday that she will take an indefinite leave of absence because of her health.
"Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been battling pneumonia for the past few weeks. She has been advised by her physicians that she needs to take time to recover and focus on her health," according to a statement from Pugh's office. "At this time, with the mayor's health deteriorating, she feels as though she is unable to fulfill her obligations as mayor of Baltimore city. To that end, Mayor Pugh will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to recuperate from this serious illness."
The mayor was treated for five days last week at Johns Hopkins for pneumonia.
City Solicitor Andre Davis confirmed the leave and that it will start at midnight.
this mayor was in office when house fire, which cause has yet to be determined, killed 6 children of CUMMINGS STAFFER