Baltimore Prosecutor Allegedly Lied to Get COVID Relief Funds, Loans to Buy Florida Homes

A federal grand jury indicted Baltimore's chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, on federal perjury charges and false mortgage applications relating to two vacation homes in Florida.

According to the four-count indictment released by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Mosby claimed financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to withdraw amounts of $40,000 and $50,000 from the city's Deferred Compensation Plans.

"Mosby falsely certified that she met at least one of the qualifications for a distribution as defined under the CARES Act," the statement reads.

However, the indictment alleges Mosby received her full salary of nearly $250,000 during 2020.

Federal prosecutors also allege that Mosby made false statements on a mortgage application to purchase a $490,500 home in Kissimmee, Florida, and another mortgage for a $428,400 condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.

According to the Maryland Attorney General's office, Mosby was required to disclose liabilities, but she failed to disclose unpaid federal taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien against all property and rights belonging to her and her husband.

The indictment also mentioned Mosby executed an agreement with a management company giving them control over the Kissimmee property, signing as a "second home rider," meaning Mosby could have a lower interest rate on the mortgage.

David Jaros, a University of Baltimore law professor and faculty director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform, spoke to WBAL-TV about the case.

"This is a case that involves a public official committing fraud, but it is not a case of a public official, for example, stealing state resources," Jaros said to the television station.

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State's Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby allagedly falsely stated she met qualifications for money distribution under the CARES Act. Above, Mosby is interviewed by Shoshana Guy of NBC News (not pictured) in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where Freddie Gray was arrested, on August 24, 2016, in Baltimore. Larry French/Getty Images

Mosby is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. A. Scott Bolden, the attorney representing the couple, released a statement to media outlets.

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

The Associated Press reported federal officials subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections seeking business and campaign finance records related to the couple dating back to 2014.

"These are charges that grew out of, at least what you read in the media, out of an investigation that involved other things. There were subpoenas to find out about donations to charity and things like that," Jaros said to WBAL-TV .

According to Mosby's page on the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City, she was sworn in in January 2015, making her the youngest chief prosecutor for a major American city at the time, and she rose to national prominence prosecuting the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015.

If convicted, Mosby could face a maximum of five years for each count of perjury and 30 years for making false mortgage applications.

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