Baltimore’s chief attorney general, Marilyn Mosby, said Friday she is innocent of wrongdoing, a day after she was charged with federal perjury and false loan applications related to the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida.
Mosby, the state’s attorney-elect in 2015, said she had been the victim of a “ploy” by political opponents seeking to overthrow her and that she was determined to “fight with every fiber of my existence and clear my name.”
“I am here before you today to unequivocally declare that I am innocent,” she said in a 10-minute statement to reporters, weeping on her back. Didn’t take any questions at the end.
Mosby, 41, has been accused of falsely claiming twice that she suffered work-related financial hardship from COVID-19 in order to request two early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from a city employee retirement account. Read more
Prosecutors said Mosby used the money she received — $36,000 in May 2020 and $45,000 on December 31 of that year — in down payments on vacation homes in Kissimmee and Long Put Key.
The indictment asserts that the two charges of perjury stemmed from Mosby’s alleged false statements about financial coercion related to the coronavirus at a time when she was receiving a total annual salary of nearly $248,000 in full.
She was also charged with two counts of making false statements about mortgage applications seeking loans totaling more than $900,000 to purchase real estate in Florida. The indictment says Mosby failed to disclose the federal tax defaults resulting in a $45,000 withholding imposed by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020.
Mosby denied both sets of allegations, saying, “I have not defrauded anyone to take my money out of retirement savings, nor have I lied about any application for a mortgage.”
Baltimore-based television station WBAL-TV quoted Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, saying in a media interview that his client has other business interests, including a travel company affected by the pandemic, and that she consulted with financial advisors before offering the mortgage. Request.
According to Mosby, prosecutors rejected her offer to provide personal evidence in her name to the grand jury that eventually indicted her.
Mosby said political opponents have “had a target on my back” since she made national headlines in 2015 by filing criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who sustained a fatal spinal injury while being transported in the back of a truck. to the police. None of the six officers accused in his death have been convicted.
Mosby ran for office as part of the “Progressive Prosecutors” movement promising to tackle systemic racism in the US criminal justice system.
US Attorney Eric Barron, a former state delegate nominated by President Joe Biden, declined to comment on the case, according to the independent, nonpartisan news website, Maryland Matters.