Marilyn Mosby: Baltimore state attorney charged with perjury and misrepresentation on mortgage applications

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who gained national attention in 2015 for indicting officers in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray, is now facing perjury charges herself for documents she submitted to apply for loans against his retirement plan in 2020, according to the indictment.
In doing so, Mosby, whose term ends this year, would have used an opt-out created under the CARES Act, passed to help people who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mosby insisted she was “unequivocally innocent” at a news conference on Friday, describing the indictment as a politically motivated attack months before an election. She did not address the charges in detail, acknowledging that there were some things she could not say.

“But I wanted the people of Baltimore to hear it from me: I did nothing wrong,” she told reporters. “I haven’t defrauded anyone to take my money from my retirement savings and I haven’t lied on any mortgage application.”

When Mosby applied for two loans against her 457(b) retirement plan, she signed paperwork saying she “suffered adverse financial consequences” due to Covid-19, according to the indictment. However, the indictment says his gross income in 2020 was $247,955.58, an increase of nearly $10,000 from the previous year.

Mosby received $36,000 in May and $45,000 in December 2020 from his retirement account, according to the indictment.

The money Mosby received was allegedly used to purchase two vacation homes in Florida, and she is also accused of making false statements on mortgage applications, according to the indictment.

She got a $490,500 mortgage in 2020 and a $428,400 mortgage in 2021, but she did not disclose in the applications that she owed more than $45,000 in back federal taxes, according to the ‘indictment.

Additionally, Mosby reportedly said she would be the primary resident of one of the homes for at least a year in order to qualify for a lower mortgage rate. But she had already made a deal with a vacation home management company to rent the house the previous week, according to the indictment.

She sold one of the properties in November for a profit of $150,000, the Baltimore Sun reported.

“Please don’t be fooled,” Mosby said at the press conference. “We are now five months away from an upcoming election and this indictment is just a political ploy by my political opponents to overthrow me. Please also understand that I will never let this happen without a fight.” She did not answer any questions from reporters.

Mosby’s comments echoed an earlier statement from her attorney, who also said she was innocent of the charges.

“I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, she will prevail against these bogus charges – charges rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months after her election,” attorney A. Scott Bolden said in a statement. .

If convicted, Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each count of perjury and a maximum of 30 years for each count of misrepresentation on a mortgage application, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. She could also be forced to confiscate any property that was obtained by fraud, according to the indictment.

“We’re not commenting beyond what’s on the indictment. That speaks for itself,” Marcia Murphy, spokeswoman for Maryland U.S. Attorney Erek Barron, told CNN.

Mosby will have a first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, but a hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mosby was elected Baltimore City Attorney in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

In 2015, she charged six Baltimore police officers with the death of Gray, who died in police custody after sustaining a neck injury while being driven unrestrained in the back of a police van. His death has become a symbol of the black community’s distrust of the police and sparked days of protests and riots in Baltimore. None of the six police officers arrested has been convicted.

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