January 20, 2022
This article doesn't really say anything about Mosby's checkered history as a prosecutor, so we will remind our readers in the next few posts.
Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby federally indicted on perjury, false mortgage application charges
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of perjury related to a COVID-19 financial hardship withdrawal and a false statement on a loan application.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday charging Mosby on federal charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications, relating to the 2020 purchases of two vacation homes in Florida. ~~~~~~~~~~~
According to the four-count indictment, on May 26, 2020, and Dec. 29, 2020, Mosby submitted "457(b) Coronavirus-Related Distribution Requests" for one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from the city of Baltimore's Deferred Compensation Plans.
Prosecutors said, 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 stemming from the coronavirus as a result of "being quarantined, furloughed or laid off" or "having reduced work hours" or "being unable to work due to lack of child care or "the closing or reduction of hours of a business I own or operate."
In signing the forms, Mosby "affirmed under penalties for perjury the statements and acknowledgments made in this request." The indictment alleges Mosby did not experience any such financial hardships and, in fact, her gross salary in 2020 was $247,955.58 and it was never reduced: "Rather than experiencing a reduction in income in 2020, Mosby's gross salary in 2020 increased over her gross salary in 2019, which was $238,772.04."
Allegations of false statements on mortgage applications
The indictment further alleges that on July 28, 2020, and Sept. 2, 2020, as well as on Jan. 14, 2021, and Feb. 19, 2021, Mosby 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.
The indictment alleges that by falsely executing a "second home rider," Mosby could obtain a lower interest rate on the mortgage for the Kissimmee property than she would have received without it. ~~~~~~~~~~ Jaros said its largely a political decision whether she stays in office since these are just allegations at this point, but he wonders if there's another shoe about to drop. ~~~~~~~~~ Mosby attorney calls charges bogus: 'We will fight vigorously for the truth, justice'.