Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, was charged on Thursday with federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two vacation homes in Florida. .
Mosby, a Democrat elected to her office in 2015, is accused of twice claiming to have suffered work-related financial hardship due to COVID-19 in order to request early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her retirement account. city employees.
In both cases, according to the indictment, Mosby fraudulently cited a provision of the federal CARES Act authorizing emergency distributions of up to $100,000 from his retirement plan in the event of furlough, layoff, foot, quarantine, reduced working hours, lack of childcare, or impact on own business caused by COVID-19.
Prosecutors said Mosby, 41, used the money she received — $36,000 in May 2020 and $45,000 on December 31 of the same year — for down payments on vacation homes in Kissimmee, in Florida, and in Long Boat Key, Florida.
The two counts of perjury stem from Mosby’s misrepresentation of financial hardship related to the coronavirus at a time when she was earning a gross annual salary of nearly $248,000 in full, according to the indictment.
Mosby is additionally charged with two counts of misrepresenting mortgage applications soliciting a total of more than $900,000 in loans to purchase the two properties in question in Florida.
In particular, according to the indictment, Mosby failed to disclose as required by both applications that she and her husband were in arrears with federal tax payments, resulting in a tax lien of $45,000 filed against them by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020.
Mosby, who ran for office as part of a movement of “progressive prosecutors” promising to address systemic inequities in the US criminal justice system, made national headlines in 2015 when she indicted six officers in the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a young black man.
The death of Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported without a seatbelt in a police van, sparked riots on the day of his funeral. None of the six officers charged with his death have been found guilty.
There was no immediate comment from Mosby, his office or any legal representative regarding the indictment.
If convicted, she could face up to five years on each of two counts of perjury and decades in prison for making false mortgage applications, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.