Despite Perjury Indictment Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Maintains Innocence

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Marilyn Mosby was once Baltimore Maryland's top prosecutor. Now she is indicted on charges of perjury. Despite the evidence against her, Mosby claims she is innocent of perjury and filing false loan applications for her two Florida vacation homes. 

Mosby claims she was set up by political enemies who wish to unseat her 2015 election as state’s attorney. She asserted that the charges against her were a “ploy” and she was a victim. Mosby said she would “fight with every ounce in my being and to clear my name.”

“I’m here before you today to state unequivocally that I am innocent,” she said in a statement to reporters. 

Prosecutors said Mosby used a total of $90,000 to help make payments on two Florida homes in Kissimmee and Long Boat Key. The money from her city employee retirement account came from two separate withdrawals ($36,000 in May 2020 and $45,000 on Dec. 31 the same year). Mosby claimed she had COVID-19 related financial hardships to get the money. 

Even though Mosby made $248,000 from her gross annual salary, she claimed she was in financial trouble, according to the indictment. She now faces two counts of perjury. 

More charges are pending for Mosby. She faces two more counts of making false statements on mortgage applications. Mosby applied for more than $900,000 to buy the Florida homes. The indictment also states Mosby failed to disclose Federal tax delinquencies, which caused a $45,000 lien by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020. 

Mosby denied both allegations. She claims the prosecutor refused to present personal evidence to the jury. Ultimately, she was indicted by this jury. 

“I did not defraud anyone to take my money from my retirement savings, and I did not lie on any mortgage application,” said Mosby.

Mosby's attorney, A. Scott Bolden, was cited by Baltimore television station WBAL-TV as saying his client had business affected by COVID-19 that caused financial hardship, and she consulted with financial advisors before taking out the loans. 

Mosby gained national attention when she filed charges against six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, an African American male,  who suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in the back of the police van. None of the officers charged were convicted. Mosby said she “(has) had a target on my back” ever since filing the charges. 

Mosby promised to address systematic racism in the U.S. justice system when she ran for office as part of the “progressive prosecutors.” 

According to msn.com, U.S. Attorney Erek Barron, a former state delegate nominated by President Joe Biden to his post, declined to comment on the case, per independent, nonpartisan news site Maryland Matters.


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