Baltimore prosecutor allegedly lied to get COVID relief funds and loans to buy Florida homes
A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby on federal perjury charges and false mortgage applications involving two vacation homes in Florida.
According to the four-count indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, Mosby alleged financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to withdraw amounts of $40,000 and $50,000 from city deferred compensation plans.
“Mosby has falsely certified that she meets at least one of the qualifications for distribution as defined by the CARES Act,” the statement read.
However, the indictment alleges that Mosby received his full salary of nearly $250,000 in 2020.
Federal prosecutors also allege Mosby misrepresented a mortgage application to buy a $490,500 home in Kissimmee, Florida, and another mortgage for a $428,400 condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida. .
According to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Mosby was required to disclose her debts, but she did not disclose unpaid federal taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on all property and rights belonging to her and her husband.
The indictment also mentioned that Mosby had signed an agreement with a management company giving them control of the Kissimmee property, signing on as a “second home rider”, meaning Mosby could have a rate of lower interest on the mortgage.
David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore and faculty director at the Center for Criminal Justice Reform, spoke to WBAL-TV about the case.
“This is a case involving a public official committing fraud, but it is not a case of a public official, for example, stealing state resources,” Jaros told the TV channel.
Mosby is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. A. Scott Bolden, the attorney representing the couple, released a statement to the media.
“We will vigorously fight these charges, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, she will prevail against these bogus charges – charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months from her election,” he said. Bolden in a statement.
The Associated Press reported that federal officials had subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections for business and campaign finance records related to the couple dating back to 2014.
“These are charges that stem, at least from what you read in the media, from an investigation that involved other things. There were subpoenas to find out more about the charitable donations and things like that,” Jaros told WBAL-TV.
According to Mosby’s page on the State’s Attorney’s Office for the City of Baltimore, she was sworn in in January 2015, making her the youngest chief prosecutor of a major US city at the time, and she gained national notoriety by prosecuting the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015.
If convicted, Mosby could face a maximum of five years for each count of perjury and 30 years for making false mortgage applications.
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