Former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh was charged with tax evasion and wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Baltimore announced Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Prosecutors allege that Pugh—who resigned her post in May—defrauded area businesses and nonprofit organizations of nearly $800,000 in the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to illegally enrich herself, promote her political career, and illegally fund her campaign for mayor, according to The Baltimore Sun.

In a grand jury indictment released Wednesday, she is charged with a total of 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in an alleged corrupt scheme involving the sale of a self-published series of children’s books.

The charges Pugh faces carry possible sentences totaling 175 years in prison, while prosecutors are trying to confiscate $769,688 of her earnings, along with her current Ashburton residence, which she would have purchased and remodeled with fraudulently obtained funds.

The 69-year-old former Democratic mayor is expected to turn herself in to the authorities and appear on Thursday in the U.S. District Court in downtown Baltimore.

Pugh’s conspiracy began in December 2010 when she convinced the medical system to pay her $100,000 to buy 20,000 copies of her first book “Healthy Holly” to donate to Baltimore schools. Because the book contained “several grammatical and spelling errors,” the school system staff edited the books, but eventually decided that they could not be used but would be donated to students, prosecutors said in the indictment.

Over the years, Pugh again increased sales to the hospital’s network, but she never told medical officials she hadn’t used the books as planned, according to prosecutors. Instead, Pugh stored thousands of copies of the books at her home, the mayor’s office at City Hall, her legislative offices, the War Memorial Building, a public storage locker used by Pugh’s mayoral campaign, her vehicles.

Pugh became the second mayor of Baltimore to resign in connection with a criminal investigation in the last decade. Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned in 2010.

The criminal charges against the former mayor are the latest hit on a city plagued by violence, persistent poverty, and corrupt and progressive policies.

A few months ago, President Trump had an exchange of words with Democratic representative of the 7th District, Elijah Cummings—who died last month—reproaching him that the progressive policies he pushed led to the bad state in which Baltimore City is today.

“We’re going to have to step in and do something about it because we can’t allow that to happen to our great cities,” the president said.

He said “unrestricted migration,” coupled with excessive taxes and regulations from Democratic governments, had undermined law enforcement and devastated U.S. inner cities.

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