The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland said a federal grand jury indicted the Baltimore attorney general Thursday for perjury and false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes.
The four-count indictment alleges that Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby lied about meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from the city’s 2020 retirement plan. Federal prosecutors also allege that Mosby lied about 2020 mortgage application forms to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida. , and an apartment complex in Long Boat Key, Florida.
Mosby, 41, is a high-profile prosecutor who has sided with criminal justice reformers. She rose to prominence nationally in 2015 when criminal charges were brought against six police officers in the death of Freddy Gray, a black man whose death in police custody led to riots and protests. None of the officers has been convicted.
The indictment against Mosby, who is married to Baltimore City Council Chairman Nick Mosby, comes months after the media reported that federal officials had summoned the Maryland State Board of Elections in search of business and campaign finance records related to the couple dating back to 2014. Conduct by federal prosecutors in a letter to the US Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility requesting a suspension of the criminal investigation of the couple. Nick Mosby has not been charged with any crimes.
“We will fight these accusations vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, she will triumph over these bogus charges – charges rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months after her election,” Bolden-Scott said. Mosby’s attorney in a statement Thursday evening.
In 2020, Mosby filed requests to withdraw $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from Baltimore’s deferred compensation plans, according to the indictment. It alleges that Mosby falsely admitted that she experienced adverse financial difficulties due to the coronavirus, but actually received approximately $250,000 in 2020. The indictment also alleges that in 2020 and 2021, Mosby made false statements in her mortgage applications. worth $490,500 to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a $428,400 mortgage to purchase a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.
Mosby was asked to disclose the obligations, but she did not disclose that she had not paid federal taxes from a number of previous years and that in March 2020, the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien against all property and rights in property belonging to the Mosbys in the amount of $45,022, the tax amount Unpaid Mosby and her husband owed the IRS at the time.
About a week before closing her Kissimmee home, Mosby entered into an agreement with a vacation home management company that gives the company control of the property’s rental, according to the indictment. The indictment said she later signed a “second home rider” stating that the borrower would occupy the property, use it as his second home and retain exclusive control of the property’s ownership, alleging that by executing the occupant wrongfully, Mosby could obtain a lower interest rate.
Mosby’s initial appearance has yet to be set, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office.
Both charges of perjury carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and both mortgage-related charges carry a maximum of 30 years in prison.