Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s home was raided Thursday morning by FBI and criminal investigators from the IRS, as calls for her resignation increase amid a corruption scandal.
Pugh, who took a temporary leave of absence earlier this month to recover from pneumonia, has been caught up in a scandal of “self-dealing” over the sale of a children’s book she authored. A spokesperson for Pugh’s company, Healthy Holly LLC, confirmed that while Pugh was a board member of the University of Maryland Medical System, the medical system spent $500,000 to fund the purchase of some 100,000 books from the company.
Investigators have also issued a search for a second residence belonging to the Democratic mayor, as well as the nonprofit Maryland Center for Adult Training — which the mayor has worked with — and the home of a former Pugh aide.
The FBI said that although Pugh was home when authorities arrived shortly before 7 a.m., so far, no arrests in connection with the raids have been made.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) on Thursday joined the growing crowd of those calling for Pugh to step down, which now includes the entire city council.
“I think the best thing for her and the city and state is to resign,” Franchot said on CNN.