Baltimore mayor resigns amid scandal

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Ms. Pugh is Baltimore's second mayor to leave City Hall amid scandal in less than a decade.

City Council member Brandon Scott says the mayor's resignation marks a "day of relief and accountability" for Baltimore.

At issue is the roughly $800,000 Pugh received through the years from a hospital network, insurance carriers that did business with the city and a financier for bulk copies of her "Healthy Holly" children's books. As it would turn out, March 28 would be the last time Catherine E. Pugh would be seen publicly and in her official capacity as Baltimore's 50th Mayor.

According to the Sun, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield also bought some of Pugh's illustrated books in 2011 and 2014.

Her letter was delivered by her attorney Steven Silverman, who held a very brief press conference in his downtown offices and took no questions.

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Local media reported in March that University of Maryland Medical Center paid 500,000 USA dollars to purchase 100,000 copies of Healthy Holly books, a children's book series she wrote. "I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor".

In 2009, former Mayor Sheila Dixon was found guilty of misdemeanour embezzlement and was forced to resign.

Reading from a written statement from Pugh, Silverman quoted her as saying, "Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward".

In addition, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for her to step down on April 25, hours after Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents raided her house and City Hall offices.

Pugh stepped down, citing a nasty bout of pneumonia, and left acting Mayor Jack Young to helm her sinking administration.

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Other customers included a Maryland financier who divulged that his financial firm chose to write a $100,000 check for "Health Holly" books after she clinched the 2016 Democratic primary. They were revealed in a series of articles in The Baltimore Sun that began March 13.

At a rambling news conference days before retreating from public view, Pugh described her book deal worth $500,000 with the university-based health care system as a "regrettable mistake".

"Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust", Hogan said in a statement last month.

"I believe this action is in the best interest of Baltimore", Young said. "I have listened to the concerns of our citizens and I will continue to work diligently to address those concerns". "The city is a mess, and we need all kinds of change", Mark Jones said outside his East Baltimore barber shop.

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