* Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was indicted by the federal government for perjury related to a COVID loan application.
Mosby allegedly falsely alleged COVID-19-related difficulty over requests to withdraw $90,000 from his retirement account. The indictment was reportedly filed Thursday in US District Court in Baltimore,
Mosby’s attorney said in a statement that the charges were “false” and “rooted in personal, political and racial animosity.”
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The charging document alleges that in May 2020, Mosby falsely claimed to have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to seek a $40,000 withdrawal from her Baltimore City Employees Retirement Account, which she would have used for a down payment for a vacation. house in Kissimmee, Florida. She is also accused of using the same process to secure an additional $50,000 in December 2020, which she then allegedly used to put down a deposit on a second vacation home in Long Boat Key, Florida.
According to the indictment, Mosby used the COVID crisis to obtain distribution under the federal CARES Act, claiming that she suffered “negative financial consequences from the coronavirus as a result of her quarantine, her dismissal or dismissal; having reduced working hours; being unable to work due to lack of child care; or closing or reducing the hours of a business she owned or operated.
The federal government says Mosby encountered no financial hardship as she received her full gross salary of $247,955 from January 1 to December 29, 2020, according to the report.
“We will vigorously fight these charges, and 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 from her election,” noted Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden in a report.
Bolden noted that his client was at the center of a months-long federal investigation into tax charges that appeared to be shelved amid the fraud case.
“The DOJ’s Criminal Taxation Division and the US Attorney in Maryland went completely dark as they conspired to wrongfully indict my client on non-tax related charges,” Bolden said. “You would only conduct a criminal investigation in this manner if you were not interested in truth or exculpatory evidence or justice, but rather only concerned with securing an indictment and bringing false charges against my customer – at any cost.”
According to the report, a spokesperson for the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office said Mosby and the office “remain completely focused and fully committed to serving the citizens of our city.” Our leadership and frontline prosecutors are among the best in the world, and we will not be distracted or diverted from our mission to make Baltimore a safer community.