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A federal indictment was filed on Thursday against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, on charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications relating to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes.
Democrat Mosby allegedly claimed twice that she had suffered financial hardship from COVID-19 in order to obtain early withdrawals amounting to $90,000 from her city retirement account.
Furthermore, federal prosecutors claim that she lied in order to obtain mortgages for a condo in Long Boat Key and a home in Kissimmee in 2020.
Two counts of perjury have been filed against her along with two mortgage-related charges.
According to the indictment, Mosby requested one-time withdrawals from Baltimore’s deferred compensation plans of $40,000 and $50,000 respectively in 2020.
In the lawsuit, Mosby is alleged to have falsely certified financial hardship due to the Coronavirus, yet actually received almost $250,000 in salary in 2020.
Mosby, prosecutors allege, also made false statements in applications for loans of $490,500 to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and $428,400 to purchase a condo in Long Boat Key, Florida, in 2020 and 2021.
Additionally, Mosby’s policies, including keeping low-level offenders out of prison, have incited controversy throughout her time in office.
However, Mosby was previously praised for her political role as a progressive Democrat by Vice President Kamala Harris during her time as a US Senator in 2017.
‘When we march and we shout about what we need to do to reform the criminal justice system, we better understand that we gotta march and shout with our paychecks – and all of the work that we can do to actually make sure that somebody like Marilyn Mosby gets reelected into that office, to not only get convictions, but have convictions,’ then-Senator Harris said.
‘There are a lot of people who are highly critical of her because she heard the voices of the people and said, “Even if I can’t win I’m going to do the right thing.” It’s going to be rough.
It’s going to be tough. … She cannot fail and I know she will not fail.’
Mosby said that she was inspired by Kamala and that, ‘there would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris.’
Marilyn Mosby should have been behind bars for years after she incited the Freddie Gray riots https://t.co/82mLcEURrZ
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 14, 2022
In her liability disclosure, Mosby failed to disclose a number of unpaid federal taxes from previous years, and, that in March 2020, the IRS had put a lien against all of her property and her rights to property for a total of $45,022, which is what Mosby and her husband owed the IRS as of that date.
According to the indictment, Mosby entered into a contract with a vacation home management company about a week before closing on the Kissimmee property, granting the company control over renting the property.
A ‘second home rider’ that Mosby signed later required that the borrower occupy and use the property as a second home while maintaining exclusive ownership rights over the property, according to the indictment. By falsely executing the rider, the indictment claimed Mosby was able to get a lower interest rate.
Currently, no date has been set for Mosby’s first appearance, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
For each of the two perjury counts, the maximum prison term is five years, and for each of the two mortgage-related counts, the maximum prison term is 30 years.
Mosby is a prominent prosecutor who allied herself with so-called “reformers” of the criminal justice system. A July 2016 article in Salon states that Mosby was “hailed as Black Lives Matter’s first courtroom hero.”
In 2014, at the age of 34, she was one of the youngest law enforcement chiefs.
It was her pursuit of criminal charges against six police officers in the fatal police shooting of Freddie Gray that brought her to national prominence in 2015. Those officers were never convicted.
According to news sources, federal authorities subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections for records from 2014 related to Mosby, who is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby.
A lawyer for the couple accused federal prosecutors of misconduct in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility and requested that their criminal investigation be suspended. There are no charges against Nick Mosby.
‘We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges – charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election,’ said their attorney, A. Scott Bolden, in a statement.
Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman for Mosby, issued a statement on her behalf.
‘State’s Attorney Mosby and the office remain completely focused and wholly committed to serving the citizens of our city,’ the statement read.
‘Our leadership and our frontline prosecutors are some of the best in the world and we will not be distracted or sidetracked from our mission to make Baltimore a safer community.’
Mosby was criticized last year after ceasing to prosecute misdemeanor cases during the pandemic to avoid overcrowding jails.
The decision coincided with an unprecedented rise in violent crime in Baltimore. The city had over 300 homicides in 2021 alone.
Governor Larry Hogan also targeted Mosby, saying that she was responsible for Baltimore’s escalating crime rate.
‘We have a prosecutor in Baltimore City who refuses to prosecute violent criminals and that’s at the root of the problem,’ Hogan said, according to reports.