Some are investigations into Pugh, who has taken a leave of absence as mayor amid the controversy, citing illness. Others include reviews of dealings by the medical system board members, health insurers and others who have been revealed to be involved in the scandal.
It can be tough to keep track of the various ongoings. Here’s are the ones we know of:
Federal investigators raid Pugh’s homes, City Hall
Agents from the Baltimore FBI office and the Washington IRS office executed search warrants April 25 on at least six locations, including Baltimore City Hall and Pugh’s two homes.
Agents were also at the location of the Maryland Center for Adult Training. Pugh once led the nonprofit job training program and it has listed online as board members three Pugh staffers — Gary Brown Jr., Poetri Deal and Afra Vance-White. Those three staffers were fired by acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.
A search warrant was also executed at the downtown office of her attorney Steven Silverman and Brown’s home.
State prosecutor investigating ‘Healthy Holly’ deal
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, Maryland’s top political corruption prosecutor, has opened an investigation into Pugh’s $500,000 deal to sell thousands of her self-published “Healthy Holly” books to the medical system while she was a board member, according to Pugh’s attorney, Steven Silverman.
The remaining board also placed UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik on temporary leave.
Baltimore Board of Ethics investigating ‘Healthy Holly’ deal
The five-member Board of Ethics voted unanimously to open an investigation into whether Pugh’s deal violated city ethics rules.
Associated Black Charities submitted a letter to the ethics board to disclose that it had received donations from various groups — including the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund (MAIF), a quasi-public company created by the Maryland General Assembly for hard-to-insure drivers — to buy Pugh’s books, chairwoman Linda Pierson said.
City Council members requests inspector general investigation into Kaiser deal
Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who has called for the mayor to step down over the scandal, has asked the Office of the Inspector General, a city watchdog office, to review city health insurer Kaiser Permanente’s $114,000 purchase of books from Pugh, during a period when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits to city employees.
Concilwoman Shannon Sneed also requested an OIG review.
Dorsey separately asked the city human resources director to determine the potential effects on workers’ health care “in the event that an investigation might lead to the Board of Estimates’ suspension or termination of the contract.”
Tracy Imm, a spokeswoman, said the agency would review of Kaiser, MAIF and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which have publicly acknowledged donating funds directly to Pugh’s company, Healthy Holly LLC, or to Associated Black Charities for the books.