Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby accused of federal charges over her finances: NPR

Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces four federal allegations of perjury and false mortgage applications.

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Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces four federal allegations of perjury and false mortgage applications.

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Marilyn Mosby insists on her innocence the day after a federal indictment was filed accusing a Baltimore state lawyer of perjury and other crimes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland announced on Thursday that a federal grand jury had accused Mosby (41) of four federal charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications related to the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida.

“I am innocent of the accusations against me, and I intend to fight every ounce of my being,” Mosby said as she read from Friday’s prepared statement in downtown Baltimore. She did not accept questions from journalists.

The indictment is likely to be the main shadow of Mosby’s career. The allegations come when she is running for a third term as Baltimore’s attorney general.

She joined the criminal justice reform advocates at the beginning of her tenure in the Baltimore Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office and in 2015 achieved national prominence in criminal proceedings against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray, a black man, died a week after he was taken into custody. His death provoked demonstrations against police brutality. None of these officers were convicted.

Mosby said the federal investigation was revenge for Gray’s case, as well as other reform policies she pursued during her time in the city.

“I’ve had a target on my back since I went down the war memorial on May 1 and reported charges against six officers for killing Freddie Gray,” she said. “I used my power and my discretion to do things that many people in this country just don’t like.”

She continued: “Our differences in politics and governance should not expose any of us to unwarranted and unyielding attacks, investigations and prosecutions.”

Mosby’s lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, did not respond to the NPR’s request for comment.

The plaintiffs claim that Mosby lied in the transactions with the holiday homes

According to federal prosecutors, Mosby lied about meeting certain qualifications in order to withdraw large sums of money from her city pension plan. Mosby claimed that in 2020 she qualified under a coronavirus relief program to withdraw the money.

But the CARES Act was designed for people who have financial problems, which, according to prosecutors, Mosby and her family were not. The indictment states that Mosby’s gross salary that year was nearly $ 250,000 and was never reduced due to the pandemic.

Prosecutors say Mosby then used the money to deposit a vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida. Prosecutors further claim that Mosby also lied in mortgage application forms to buy a home in Kissimmee and also a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida. .

Mosby allegedly did not state in any mortgage application for the property that she had not paid federal taxes from previous years as requested. The plaintiffs claim that it also failed to state that the IRS imposed a lien of more than $ 45,000 on all the property belonging to Mosby and her husband, Nick Mosby. Her husband, who is chairman of the Baltimore City Council, faces no charges.

Mosby said on Friday that she did not deceive or lie to anyone when withdrawing from her retirement account or signing her mortgage applications.

“Before yesterday’s indictment, I offered to prove my innocence by making myself available and presenting evidence to the grand jury,” she said. “But the U.S. Attorney and Chief Prosecutor in a case that contributed to my political opponents and has a personal animosity toward me refused to allow me.”

Mosby has been under scrutiny for some time

Mosby has faced previous investigations into her actions and the work of the city’s attorney general since she came to national prominence in 2015 with the Freddie Gray case.

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Mosby has faced previous investigations into her actions and the work of the city’s attorney general since she came to national prominence in 2015 with the Freddie Gray case.

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The indictment comes months after reports emerged that federal officials had summoned the Maryland State Election Committee to search the AP for business and financial records of campaign funding for Marilyn and Nick Mosby.

In February 2021, the Baltimore Office of the Inspector General completed a monthly investigation into Mosby’s trip as a city official, as well as the gifts received and her personal business. The report did not make a decision because it is not within the competence of the OIG whether Mosby violated any ethical rules or disclosure requirements.

In November, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, citing a wave of violent crime in the city, announced a review of state funds provided to the Baltimore Attorney’s Office. Hogan accused Mosby’s office of not doing enough to prosecute certain crimes – which Mosby denied.

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