Baltimore State’s Attorney Indicted on Federal Charges; Facing 70 Years in Prison

Baltimore State's Attorney Indicted on Federal Charges; Facing 70 Years in Prison
Baltimore State's Attorney Indicted on Federal Charges; Facing 70 Years in Prison (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/WBALTV)

Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, stood defiant Friday, declaring her innocence and vowing to fight the charges brought against her by a federal grand jury.

Mosby was charged with perjury Thursday in connection with a COVID-19 financial hardship withdrawal and making a false statement on a loan application to withdraw $90,000 from her retirement account, according to WBAL-TV.

Without incurring a tax penalty, the withdrawals were a temporary financial option established by the federal CARES Act for people who faced difficulties during the pandemic. Mosby earns $247,955.58 per year.

A. Scott Bolden, Mosby’s defense attorney, issued a lengthy statement following the indictment.

He stated that the “bogus charges” were “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”

Mosby is charged with two counts of perjury in connection with 2 separate withdrawals from the retirement account mentioning coronavirus-related hardships, as well as two counts of making a false statement on a mortgage loan application, according to WTOP.

Prosecutors allege that the false statements were made on mortgage applications for a residence in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condo in Long Boat Key, Florida, 3 hours to the west. Mosby failed to declare a $45,022 federal tax lien against her and her hubby, Baltimore City Council President Nick J. Mosby (D), 42, in both applications.

Mosby took out a $490,500 mortgage on her Kissimmee home and a $428,400 mortgage on her Long Boat Key condo after withdrawing the funds from her retirement account.

Mosby also answered “no” to the question “Are you presently delinquent or in default on any Federal debt or any other loan, mortgage, financial obligation, bond, or loan guarantee,” prosecutors said, despite the fact that she was delinquent in paying federal taxes to the IRS.

The Mosbys jointly owed $45,022 in unpaid federal income tax liens for the calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to a filing with the Baltimore City Circuit Court clerk’s office. Nick Mosby continually told the press that the federal government had filed no such tax liens against the couple.

Bolden stated Thursday that Marilyn Mosby was unaware of the tax lien and thus could not have lied on the mortgage documentation.

Nick Mosby has not been charged with any crime.

She also signed a “second home rider” for the Kissimmee property, showing to the mortgage lender that the house would be used as a primary residence for at least one year and not rented out. A week earlier, on Aug. 25, Mosby had entered into an agreement with a vacation home management company to control the property, the indictment states.

Mosby could get a lower interest rate by claiming the home was for personal use and not rental, prosecutors said.

The purchase was first reported by the Baltimore Brew news website last spring.

Prosecutors say Mosby lied on paperwork for two retirement withdrawals: $40,000 on May 26, 2020 and $50,000 on December 29, 2020.

Mosby had to certify that she was affected financially by the pandemic for one of four reasons: quarantine, furlough, or layoff; reduced work hours; inability to work due to childcare; or closure or reduced hours of a business she owned or operated.

Prosecutors said Mosby did not face financial hardships and received her full gross salary of $247,955.58 in bi-weekly gross pay direct deposits of $9,183.54.

Perjury carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison; making false mortgage applications carries a maximum penalty of 30 years.

No date has been set for the initial hearing in United States District Court.

Perjury carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison; making false mortgage applications carries a maximum penalty of 30 years.

No date has been set for the initial hearing in United States District Court.

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