Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is calling for further investigations into former Mayor Catherine Pugh's book dealings with the city, according to WBAL-TV 11.
The calls come not long after Pugh pleaded guilty to four counts related to her children's book sales in federal court.
Scott said CEO and president J.P. Grant of Grant Capital Management was "closely-tied" to Pugh, and he wants to discover if there were any questionable deals made pertaining to city contracts, WBAL-TV 11 reports.
In 2016, Grant paid $100,000 to Pugh's Healthy Holly LLC, according to court records. Last month, prosecutors alleged Grant violated state election laws by paying $50,000 for books, and the money went to Pugh's mayoral campaign.
The company's website shows it entered a $33 million, 10-year equipment lease agreement with the city for a new 911 communications system.
Scott wrote a letter Wednesday to Baltimore City's Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming to investigate contracts between the city and Grant Capital Management.
Scott told WBAL-TV 11's Vanessa Herring, "She, [Cumming] as an experience investigator one who has been proven to be very beneficial to the city of
Baltimore, will know and find anything that is wrong." He went on to say there are numerous contracts between the city and the company and the majority were made before his time as council president.
The letter Scott wrote to Cumming also requested she review all contracts and then present them to the council.
Scott told Herring some topics need to be broached with Cumming, including what would happen if she were to find improper dealings.
As of yet, Cumming has not commented on the letter. It is unclear when an investigation will begin and how long it could take.
Grant Capital Management's website describes the company as providers of lease-financial solutions for public administrators wishing to purchase equipment for government services.
The sales of "Healthy Holly" books, penned by Pugh, first came to light with the disclosure of transactions between the University of Maryland Medical System and Pugh's limited liability company. At the time, Pugh was on the medical system's board.
In April, the FBI and IRS carried out raids on Pugh's homes, office and other locations. They seized devices, financial records, "Healthy Holly" books and other evidence.
Prosecutors said that, in the course of the scheme, she lied on her income tax returns for 2015 and 2016. In 2016, she claimed her taxable income was $31,020 when in fact it was $322,365, and nearly $100,000 in income tax went unpaid.