BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh broke her silence in an exclusive interview with The Afro published Thursday, months after her early release from federal prison.
Pugh, 72, spoke to the newspaper about her 19-month stint at the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville, Alabama. and how she plans to do a revival in Baltimore.
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“I cried for the first seven days because I was actually put in a special housing unit (SHU). SHU is for people with discipline issues,” Pugh told the newspaper.
Pugh thinks she’ll quarantine and then go to a less restrictive part of the prison called “camp”. Instead, she was locked up before being transferred to the prison area, where she couldn’t see the light of day.
“We don’t go out,” Pugh said. “The first time we go out might be in September. We’ll be out for an hour – an hour a week. “
In March 2021, Pugh made it to the “camp” where she became a chef, teaching piano lessons and helping women earn their GED.
Pugh said she encounters a lot of people who want to improve themselves.
“A lot of women are there because of the need to have more money for their children,” she said.
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Pugh stepped down as mayor in May 2019, a week after federal agents raided her home and office amid a scandal over a kickback scheme involving a series of children’s books. she is the author. She was indicted in November 2019 on 11 counts, including fraud and tax evasion.
In February 2020, she was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of fraud and tax evasion charges and served the remainder of her sentence at a residential facility in the Baltimore area, according to the Bureau of Investigation. Prison.
Under Pugh’s judgment, she was ordered to pay nearly $412,000 in restitution and lose nearly $670,000 including property on Ellamont Street, along with $17,800 from a political committee.
That same month, Pugh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and two counts of tax evasion. Three months later, she was sentenced to three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.
In January, Pugh was moved to a local home, about a year and a half before her debut.
She is currently scheduled to be the temporary host of Larry Young’s morning show on WOLB 1010 AM, according to the paper.
The former mayor plans to discuss the city’s black businesses and digital justice.
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“Economically, we are still not where we have to be,” she told the newspaper. “In many ways, we are on the right track. We certainly have more business people than we already have, but I don’t know if we have the kind of economic strength we’ll need to bridge the economic, social or urban gap. or not. ”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/13/former-mayor-pugh-talks-with-the-afro-about-her-time-in-prison-return-to-baltimore/ Former Mayor Pugh Talks With The Afro About Her Time In Prison, Return To Baltimore – CBS Baltimore