The Baltimore prosecutor allegedly lied to get COVID relief funds and loans to buy homes in Florida
A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore Chief Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby on charges of perjury and false mortgage applications in connection with two Florida vacation homes.
According to the four-count indictment released by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Mosby alleged financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic to recover $40,000 and $50,000 from the take off city.
“Mosby has falsely confirmed that she meets at least one of the requirements for distribution under the CARES Act,” the statement said.
However, the indictment alleges Mosby received her full salary of nearly $250,000 in 2020.
Federal prosecutors also allege Mosby misrepresented a mortgage application to purchase a $490,500 home in Kissimmee, Fla. and another mortgage for a $428,400 condo in Long Boat Key, Fla.
According to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Mosby was required to disclose liabilities, but she failed to disclose unpaid federal taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on all assets and rights owned by her and her husband.
The indictment also mentioned that Mosby entered into an agreement with a management company that gave them control of the Kissimmee property and signed as a “second home driver,” meaning Mosby could have a lower interest rate on the mortgage.
David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore and faculty director at the Center for Criminal Justice Reform, spoke to WBAL-TV about the case.
“This is a case where an official commits fraud, but it’s not a case where an official steals state funds, for example,” Jaros told the TV station.
Mosby is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. A. Scott Bolden, the attorney representing the couple, released a statement to the media.
“We will vigorously combat these allegations, and I am confident that once all the evidence is presented, she will prevail against these false allegations — allegations based on personal, political and racial animus five months after her election,” Bolden said in a statement.
The Associated Press reported that federal officials subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections to obtain records of 2014 business and campaign finance related to the couple.
“These are charges that arose out of an investigation, at least what you read in the media, that involved other things. There were subpoenas to find out about charity donations and things like that,” Jaros told WBAL-TV.
According to Mosby’s page on the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office, she was sworn in in January 2015, making her the youngest chief prosecutor of a major American city at the time, and she rose to national prominence by prosecuting officers accused of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody in 2015 2015
If convicted, Mosby faces a maximum of five years for each perjury and 30 years for false mortgage applications.
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