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Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby federally indicted

Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby federally indicted

Elizabeth Faddis January 13, 08:05 PMJanuary 13, 08:21 PM

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications.

The top prosecutor, who is accused of falsely claiming financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, faces two counts of perjury, two counts of making a false statement, and two counts of making false mortgage applications related to the purchases of two vacation homes in Florida, the Department of Justice said.

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Mosby submitted “457(b) Coronavirus-Related Distribution Requests” for one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000 from the City of Baltimore’s deferred compensation plans, according to the indictment.

“In each request, the indictment alleges that Mosby falsely certified that she met at least one of the qualifications for a distribution as defined under the CARES Act, specifically, that she experienced adverse financial consequences from the coronavirus as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off; having reduced work hours; being unable to work due to lack of childcare; or the closing or reduction of hours of a business she owned or operated. In signing the forms, Mosby ‘affirm[ed] under penalties for perjury the statements and acknowledgments made in this request,'” the Justice Department said.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, was signed into law March 27, 2020.

“Mosby received her full gross salary of $247,955.58 from January 1, 2020 through December 29, 2020, in bi-weekly gross pay direct deposits of $9,183.54,” the DOJ said.

From the summer of 2020 to February 2021, Mosby also made false statements in applications for a $490,500 mortgage to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and for a $428,400 mortgage to purchase a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida, according to the indictment.

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If found guilty, Mosby could be sentenced up to 30 years in federal prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both, for making false statements on loan applications, according to the DOJ. Mosby could also face up to five years in prison for each perjury charge.

Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, promised to oppose the charges levied against his client, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail,” Bolden said in a statement. The bogus charges, he said, are “charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”

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