BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Baltimore’s top prosecutor for perjury and making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. Maryland.
The four-count indictment alleges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby lied about meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from a city’s retirement plan in 2020. Federal prosecutors also allege Mosby lied on 2020 mortgage application forms to buy a home in Kissimmee, Florida. , and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.
Mosby, 41, is a top prosecutor who has aligned herself with criminal justice reformers. She rose to national prominence in 2015 when she pursued criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose death in police custody sparked riots and protests. None of the officers have been convicted.
The indictment of Mosby, who is married to Baltimore City Council Speaker Nick Mosby, comes months after media reports that federal officials had subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections for business and funding records. campaign related to the couple dating back to 2014. An attorney representing the couple alleged misconduct by federal prosecutors in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility and requested a stay of the criminal investigation into the couple . Nick Mosby has not been charged with any crime.
“We will vigorously fight these charges, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, it will prevail against these bogus charges — charges rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months from his election,” A. Scott Bolden, Mosby’s attorney, in a statement late Thursday.
In 2020, Mosby submitted requests for one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from Baltimore’s deferred compensation plans, according to the indictment. It alleges that Mosby falsely certified that she experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus, but in fact received her nearly $250,000 salary in 2020. The indictment also alleges that in 2020 and 2021 , Mosby made false statements in mortgage applications for $490,500 to buy a house in Kissimmee, Florida, and for a mortgage of $428,400 to buy a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida .
Mosby was required to disclose her debts, but did not disclose that she had unpaid federal taxes from a number of previous years and that in March 2020 the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on all property and property rights belonging to the Mosbys in the amount of $45,022, the amount of unpaid taxes that Mosby and her husband owed to the IRS at that time.
About a week before closing the Kissimmee home, Mosby signed an agreement with a vacation home management company giving the company rental control of the property, according to the indictment. She then signed a “second home covenant” which provided that the borrower occupied and used the property as a second home and retained sole ownership control of the property, according to the indictment, alleging that by performing falsely endorsement, Mosby might get a lower interest rate.
Mosby’s initial appearance has not yet been scheduled, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The two perjury counts each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and the two mortgage-related counts each carry a maximum of 30 years in prison.
The spelling of the name of A. Scott Bolden, Marilyn Mosby’s lawyer, has been corrected.