An employee in Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office will be on probation for the next year after making illegal campaign contributions.
According to the Office of State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, Gary Brown Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to making straw contributions to Pugh’s mayoral campaign committee. Brown was a legislative aide for Pugh, and served as “Assistant to the Senator” in her campaign. He now works in the mayor’s office.
The scheme involved his family. While working for the campaign, prosecutors say Brown deposited money into the bank accounts of his mother, stepfather and brother. Then, he immediately contributed money to Pugh’s campaign from those accounts. This allowed Brown to donate $18,000 for the election cycle, going three times above the legal limit of $6,000.
Brown was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, and will not face a scheduled trial this week as a result of the plea.
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