Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is on fire over "Healthy Holly," a children's book series, her writers, which she reportedly received $ 500,000 from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) since 2011.  The university paid Pugh 100,000 copies of her books between 2011 and 2018, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The series of healthy lifestyle books for children was intended to go to schools and day care institutions. However, the Baltimore Sun reported that approx. 50,000 copies remain unprocessed and must never have been printed.
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Pugh, sitting on the UMMS board since 2011, resigned from the post and returned her recent $ 100,000 payment after Baltimore Sun postponed the event at the beginning March.
Six colleagues in the UMMS board either made or voluntarily went out of the revelation that one-third of the board members received financial compensation for their UMMS companies, and the president and chief executive officer of UMMS are in leave, according to the AP.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot called UMMS & # 39; events with board members "self-dealing" and said there should be an independent audit. Franchot told the Associated Press that there were "no receipts, no contracts, no purchases" regarding Pugh's book agreement. He referred to it as a "gift" from the university.
Pugh has asked questions about the agreement a "witch hunt".
The mayor did not properly announce the agreement on state ethics, the Sun reported and on Monday a complaint was filed with the state prosecutor's office and accused Pugh of perjury of his omissions. She claims it was an oversight.
Her office says she is planning to hold a press conference on "Healthy Holly" "as soon as possible after her release from the hospital" for pneumonia.
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Pugh was chosen in 2016 and faces a primary in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.