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Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby is facing four federal charges related to perjury and false mortgage applications.

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Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby Indicted On Federal Finance Charges : NPR

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Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby is facing four federal charges related to perjury and false mortgage applications.

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Marilyn Mosby maintains her innocence a day after a federal indictment was filed accusing the Baltimore state attorney of perjury and other crimes.

On Thursday, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a federal grand jury had indicted Mosby, 41, on four federal charges of perjury and false mortgage applications relating to the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida.

“I am innocent of the charges that have been brought against me and I intend to fight with every ounce of my being,” Mosby said as he read a prepared statement in downtown Baltimore on Friday. She did not respond to reporters’ questions.

The indictment is likely going to be a major shadow over Mosby’s career. The charges come as she seeks a third term as Baltimore state’s attorney.

She aligned herself with criminal justice reform advocates early in her tenure in Baltimore’s top prosecutor’s office and rose to national prominence in 2015 in the criminal case against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. .

Gray, a black man, died a week after being taken into police custody. His death sparked protests against police brutality. None of these officers have been convicted.

Mosby said the federal investigation was retribution for the Gray case as well as other reform policies she pursued during her time in the city.

“Since I walked down the steps of the war memorial on May 1, announced charges against six police officers in the murder of Freddie Gray, I have had a target on my back,” she said. “I used my power and my discretion to do things that a lot of people in this country just don’t like.”

She went on to say, “Our policy and governance differences should not be subject to unreasonable and inflexible attack, investigation and abusive prosecution.”

Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, did not respond to NPR’s request for comment.

Prosecutors say Mosby lied in vacation home deals

Mosby lied about meeting certain conditions in order to withdraw large sums of money from his city retirement plan, according to federal prosecutors. Mosby claimed she qualified under a coronavirus program in 2020 in order to withdraw that money.

But that CARES Act program was for people in financial difficulty, which prosecutors say Mosby and his family were not. The indictment says Mosby’s gross salary that year was nearly $250,000 and was never reduced due to the pandemic.

Prosecutors say Mosby then used the money for a down payment on a vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida. Additionally, prosecutors allege that Mosby also lied on mortgage application forms to purchase the home in Kissimmee as well as a condominium in Long Boat Key, Fla. .

Mosby allegedly failed to disclose on either mortgage application for those properties that she had unpaid federal taxes from previous years, as required. Prosecutors say she also failed to report that the IRS placed a lien of more than $45,000 on all property owned by Mosby and her husband, Nick Mosby. Her husband, who is the president of the Baltimore City Council, faces no charges.

Mosby said Friday that she did not defraud or lie to anyone by making a withdrawal from her retirement account or signing her mortgage applications.

“Before yesterday’s indictment, I offered to prove my innocence by making myself available to present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury,” she said. “But the US Attorney and the lead prosecutor in the case who donated to my political opponents and has a personal animus towards me, refused to allow me to do so.”

Mosby has been under surveillance for some time

Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby Indicted On Federal Finance Charges : NPR

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Mosby has been the subject of previous investigations into her actions and has worked as the city’s senior prosecutor since rising to national prominence in 2015 with the Freddie Gray case.

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Mosby has been the subject of previous investigations into her actions and has worked as the city’s senior prosecutor since rising to national prominence in 2015 with the Freddie Gray case.

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The indictment comes months after reports surfaced that federal officials had subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections for business and campaign finance records related to Marilyn and Nick Mosby. dating back to 2014, according to the Associated Press.

In February 2021, the Baltimore Inspector General’s Office completed a months-long investigation into Mosby’s travels as a city official, as well as the gifts received and his personal belongings. This report did not determine, as it is beyond the purview of the OIG, whether Mosby violated any ethics rules or disclosure requirements.

In November, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, citing a wave of violent crime in the city, announced a review of public funds provided to the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office. Hogan accused Mosby’s office of not doing enough to prosecute certain crimes – a claim Mosby denied.

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