A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore Attorney General Marilyn Mosby on federal perjury charges and false mortgage applications related to two Florida vacation homes.
According to the four-count indictment issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, Mosby claimed he was in financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to withdraw $40,000 and $50,000 from the city’s deferred compensation plans.
“Mosby has falsely determined that it has met at least one of the qualifications for distribution as defined under the CARES Act,” the statement read.
However, the indictment alleges that Mosby received her full salary of approximately $250,000 during 2020.
Federal prosecutors also allege that Mosby made false statements about a mortgage application to purchase a $490,500 home in Kissimmee, Florida, and another mortgage for $428,400 in a Long Boat Key, Florida condominium.
According to the Maryland Attorney General’s office, Mosby was required to disclose the obligations, but failed to disclose unpaid federal taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service placed lien on all property and rights belonging to her and her husband.
The indictment also stated that Mosby made an agreement with a management company giving them control of Kissimmee’s property, and signed him as a “second home passenger,” meaning Mosby could have a lower interest rate on the mortgage.
David Garros, University of Baltimore law professor and faculty director at the Center for Criminal Justice Reform, spoke to WBAL Television about the case.
“This is a public official fraud case, but it is not a public official case like stealing state resources,” Garros told the television station.
Mosby is married to Baltimore City Council Chairman Nick Mosby. issued a. Scott Bolden, the attorney representing the couple, issued a statement to the media.
“We will fight these accusations vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, she will triumph over these spurious charges – charges rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months after her election,” Bolden said. a permit.
The Associated Press reported that federal officials summoned the Maryland State Board of Elections to search for records of business and campaign funding related to the couple dating back to 2014.
“These accusations stemmed, at least from what I’ve read in the media, from an investigation that included other things,” Jarros told WBAL-TV. “There were subpoenas finding out about donations to charities and things like that.”
According to Mosby’s page in the Baltimore City Attorney’s office, she was sworn in in January 2015, making her the youngest attorney general for a major American city at the time, and she rose to prominence nationally in the trial of the officers accused of the 2015 death in police custody of Freddie Gray.
If convicted, Mosby could face a maximum of five years on each count of perjury and 30 years for filing false mortgage applications.
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