Catherine Pugh is pictured speaking near City Hall in Baltimore 2 May, 2015

Catherine Pugh resigned as the scandal broke

Disgraced ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been jailed for three years for using revenue from fraudulent book sales to benefit her re-election bid.

Pugh apologised before her sentencing for the scheme, which saw hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks disguised as book sales.

She was also ordered to pay more than $1m (£775,000) in restitution.

Pugh, 69, resigned in May after FBI agents raided city hall and homes that she owned.

Pugh, a Democrat who was took office in 2016, pleaded guilty last November to conspiracy and tax evasion.

‘Healthy Holly’

The crime centred on the mayor’s Healthy Holly book series, which promotes healthy eating and exercise to primary-school aged children.

Prosecutors claimed that Pugh’s scheme began seven years ago, when she was…

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Catherine Pugh: Ex-Baltimore mayor handed three year prison term
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