Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' book sales now under state investigation

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is now being investigated by the state prosecutor over questions of corruption surrounding sales of her self-published children's book series, 'Healthy Holly.'

"Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh more than $100,000 to buy about 20,000 copies of her 'Healthy Holly' children's books…when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits to city employees," according to The Baltimore Sun.

Mayor Pugh "will be cooperating with that investigation to the fullest extent possible," her attorney told The Baltimore Sun just now, in response to a query from a reporter about sales of Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books to health insurer Kaiser Permanente and the nonprofit organization Associated Black Charities.

"As this matter is now being investigated by the state prosecutor's office, I am not in a position to comment," her attorney replied.


Republican Gov. Larry Hogan asked the state prosecutor, who investigates public corruption, on Monday to start an investigation of books the University of Maryland Medical System bought from Pugh while she was on its board.

A retired investigator for the state prosecutor's office had also filed a written complaint with his former employer, requesting a criminal investigation.