An embattled prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland is now facing criminal charges.
According to WTOP, Democratic State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is accused of engaging in a mortgage fraud scheme as well as perjury for lying about her financial situation.
Details of her alleged crimes
Mosby, who received some national news coverage during riots in response to the death of Freddie Gray, seems to be suggesting that racism is at the root of the federal indictment alleging that she exploited COVID-19 relief funds to buy real estate in Florida.
According to WTOP, prosecutors say she falsely claimed to have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic in order to withdraw a total of $90,000 out of her retirement account without incurring a tax penalty.
She took advantage of a benefit created under the CARES Act despite having received her full salary of nearly $250,000 in 2020. She faces two counts of perjury for allegedly lying about the situation.
Mosby appeared to have used the cash she received to purchase two vacation homes in Florida. Among the charges against her is that she lied on applications for mortgages in Kissimmee and Long Boat Key.
Furthermore, she reportedly signed a second home rider signifying that one of the properties was for personal use a short time after reaching an agreement with a vacation home management company to control the property for rental purposes. That alleged arrangement would have resulted in a lower interest rate for Mosby.
“We will fight these charges vigorously”
In light of the indictment, a number of critics are pointing out the disgraced prosecutor’s close ties to Vice President Kamala Harris.
“There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris,” Mosby once said. “When I won state’s attorney, Kamala was my inspiration.”
As a prosecutor, she was clearly aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement and rushed to charge six officers on the scene when Freddie Gray died in police custody. One trial ended in a mistrial and two more officers were acquitted before Mosby dropped the case.
If convicted on the most serious count against her, Mosby could face 30 years behind bars, a $1,000,000 fine, or both, as the Washington Examiner notes. The lesser charges of perjury carry a maximum five-year sentence upon conviction.
Her attorney remained resolute in a recent statement, declaring: “We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all of the evidence is presented, that she will prevail.”