A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Baltimore’s attorney general on charges of perjury and false mortgage applications in the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida.
The four indictments allege that Marilyn Mosby, a 41-year-old attorney from Baltimore, lied about meeting qualification requirements for coronavirus-related distributions from the city’s retirement plan in 2020.
Federal prosecutors also allege that Democratic prosecutors lied on the 2020 application forms for a mortgage to buy a home in Kissimmi and a condominium in Long Boat Key.
He was charged with two counts of perjury and two counts of mortgage.
The indictment alleges that in 2020, Mosby sent requests for a one-time withdrawal of $ 40,000 and $ 50,000 from Baltimore’s delayed compensation plans, respectively.
It alleges that Mosby falsely claimed that he was experiencing uncomfortable financial difficulties due to a coronavirus, but in fact received a salary of about $ 250,000 in 2020.
The indictment also alleges that Mosby made false statements in applications for a $ 490,500 mortgage to buy a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a $ 428,400 mortgage to buy a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida, in 2020 and 2021, the indictment said.
Since taking office, Mosby has been the center of controversy for his policy on the state’s wave of crime, including the removal of low-level offenders from prison.
Despite the controversy, Mosby was previously praised by Vice President Kamala Harris in 2017, when the VP was still a U.S. senator, for his political role as a progressive Democrat.
“When we march and shout about what we need to do to reform the criminal justice system, we better understand what we can do to walk and shout our salaries and make sure there is someone like Marilyn. convicted, but re-elected to the same office to gain confidence, ”Harris said of Mosby at the time.
Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby, 41, (left, with Kamala Harris) was charged with perjury on federal charges and filing false mortgage applications to buy two homes in Florida.
Mosby falsely claimed that he was facing financial problems with COVID to use the city’s pension fund to help him buy property from Kissimmi. He was also accused of claiming the house as a second residence to get a lower interest rate
Mosby also used the money to buy a home in Long Boat Key
The indictment against Mosby accuses him of giving two false testimonies, as well as two mortgage-related charges.
Mosby’s husband, Maryland MP Nick Mosby, has not received any charges for the incident.
Many criticized him because he heard the voice of the people and said, “Even if I can’t win, I will do the right thing.” That would be rude. It will be difficult. … He can’t fail, and I know he won’t fail, ”Harris added.
Mosby also insisted that “there would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris” and considered her a source of inspiration.
Mosby was supposed to disclose his obligations, but he did not disclose that there were unpaid federal taxes in previous years and that in March 2020, the Internal Revenue Service pledged all property and property rights belonging to Mosbys. In the amount of $ 45,022, the amount of unpaid taxes that Mosby and her husband owed to the IRS at the time.
The indictment alleges that about a week before Kissimmi closed the house, Mosby signed a contract with the resort management company to give the company control over the lease of the property.
He later signed a “second house rider” in which the borrower allegedly lied to Mosby about riding the horse and taking it, provided that the borrower owns and uses the property as his second home and maintains exclusive control over the ownership of the property. possible. low interest rate.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mosby’s first appearance has not yet been scheduled.
Mosby was also accused of lying in two mortgage loan applications, concealing the existence of unpaid federal taxes for several years, and also claiming one of his homes in Kissimmi as a second residence to get a lower interest rate.
Mosby’s lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, said they would fight the charges “hard.”
Each of the two false testimonies carries a maximum sentence of five years ‘imprisonment, and each of the two mortgage-related accounts carries a maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment.
Mosby is a high-level prosecutor who has united himself with criminal justice reformers.
He became one of the youngest law enforcement chiefs in 2014 at the age of 34.
He rose to prominence in the country in 2015 when his death in a police jail sparked riots and protests when he filed a criminal case against six black police officers named Freddie Gray. None of the officers were convicted.
Mosby’s indictment, which married Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, came months after federal officials reportedly called the Maryland State Electoral Council to look into documents for business and campaign funding that would run through 2014.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the couple’s defense attorney accused federal prosecutors of misconduct and called for the criminal investigation into the couple to be suspended. Nick Mosby has not been charged with any crime.
“We will fight these allegations hard, and I am confident that once all the evidence is presented, it will prevail over these false allegations – five months after he was elected on charges of personal, political and racial hatred,” Scott Bolden said Thursday night. in a statement.
Mosby rose to fame in 2015 when he filed charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. His friends and family will meet at New Shiloh Baptist Church in 2015 to call for peace
Demonstrators raise their fists in front of the Baltimore Prison Reservation and Reception Center in connection with the death of Gray, who died in police custody in 2015.
Mosby’s spokesman, Zee Richardson, also issued a statement on his behalf.
“State Attorney Mosby and the office are in full focus and committed to serving the citizens of our city,” he said.
“Our leadership and former prosecutors are the best in the world, and we will not be distracted or distracted from our mission to make Baltimore a safer society.”
Mosby has been no stranger to controversy since taking office, as he was criticized last year during a pandemic after he stopped reviewing criminal cases to keep prisons from overcrowding.
The decision comes amid an escalation of violent crimes in Baltimore, where more than 300 homicides took place last year.
He was also targeted by Governor Larry Hogan, who accused him of increasing crime in the city over the years.
“Our Baltimore City Attorney refuses to prosecute violent criminals, and that is at the root of the problem,” Hogan said, according to the Washington Post.