Pugh apologized in March for "doing something to annoy people." Earlier this month, the Baltimore City Council demanded that Pugh resign because of the scandal.
UMMS spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said UMMS had neither Healthy Holly books nor books distributed. The book distribution was managed by Healthy Holly LLC.
Recently, Pugh returned $ 1
In addition, Pugh received from Kaiser Permanente for about 20,000 books between 2015 and 2018, according to the health care provider. Kaiser Permanente said he had delivered the books to school fairs, primary schools, religious communities and early childhood education and care institutions.
Also associated, Black Charities, a public foundation committed to helping healthier and more affluent communities, said it spent about $ 80,000 between 2011 and 2016 to buy 10,000 copies of Pugh's books – a project the organization claims learned when she was still a state senator.
This story breaks and is updated.  CNN's Devan Cole contributed to this report.