Baltimore state’s attorney is indicted for federal charges.
Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s most powerful prosecutor, has been indicted Thursday in federal court on charges of perjury as well as filing fraudulent mortgage applications in connection with the purchase she made of 2 Florida vacation residences.
Mosby, who is a Democrat who was elected to her post in 2015, has been accused of flimsily claiming twice that she was suffering a financial hardship at work caused by COVID-19 to seek early withdrawals of 90,000 dollars from her city retirement account for employees.
In both cases, the indictment said that Mosby illegally invoked the Federal CARES Act provision allowing for emergency distribution of up 100,000 from the retirement account in the occasion of a furlough or cut-off, quarantine, reduction in work hours, insufficient childcare, or impact on own business due to COVID-19.
Prosecutors claimed Mosby 41, from Florida, utilizing the cash she was given 36,000 dollars in May 2020 and $45,000 on Dec. 31 of the same year – to pay down the cost for vacation houses located in Kissimmee, Florida, and Long Boat Key, Florida.
The two perjury charges are based on Mosby’s false assertions of financial duress involving coronavirus when she earned a total annual salary of $248,000, as stated in the indictment.
Mosby is also accused of 2 counts for making fraudulent declarations on mortgage applications requesting the sum of more than $900,000 mortgages to buy both Florida properties at issue.
Particularly, the indictment says that Mosby did not disclose the required information in both applications.
She and her husband were in arrears with federal tax obligations, which resulted in filing a tax lien for $45,000 in their favor by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020.
Mosby was a candidate for office as part of a group of “progressive prosecutors” who pledged to tackle injustices that exist in criminal justice in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The news was widely reported in 2015 after she convicted six police officers in the custody murder of Freddie Gray, a young Black man.
Death of Gray, who sustained fatal injuries to his spinal cord when he was transported without a seatbelt inside the van of a police officer, which led to riots on the day of the funeral. None of the six police officers accused of his death was found guilty.
The court did not immediately respond to Mosby, her office, Mosby, or any lawyer regarding the indictment.
Suppose she is found guilty and found guilty. In that case, she could be punished with up to five years in jail for each of two perjury charges and up to a decade in prison on allegations of submitting false mortgage applications, as per an official statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland.
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