Mosby Maintains Innocence In Federal Fraud Case, Vows To Clear Her Name – CBS Baltimore | #phishing | #scams

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby vows to beat the four felony charges the federal government brought against her following their lengthy investigation into her personal finances.

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

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Mosby said the indictment is purely political and made it clear she would not be forced from office. She declined to answer any questions from reporters.

“We are now five months from my next election, and this indictment is merely a preliminary ploy by my political adversaries to unseat me,” she said.

A grand jury indicted her on charges of perjury and making false statements. Federal prosecutors say she lied both suffering covid-19 hardships to withdraw money without penalty from her retirement account, and falsified information on loan applications for a Florida vacation home.

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

In her almost 10-minute long prepared statement, Mosby said she has gotten death threats. She mentioned disagreements with former President Trump and Gov. Larry Hogan. And she claimed the indictment is backlash for her progressive policies.

“You see, ever since I walked down the steps of the War Memorial on May 1, 2015, announced charges against six police officers in the killing of Freddie Gray, I have had a target on my back,” she said.

“I did not expect for an investigation into my professional travel, which I asked for, to somehow snowball into state ethics and state election board inquiries, federal investigations, and ultimately a federal indictment,” she said.

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DOCUMENT: Read the full indictment here. 

Mosby is accused of making $40,000 and $50,000 withdrawals from her city retirement account through a CARES Act provision that waived early withdrawal penalties for those who suffered financial hardship resulting from the pandemic.

The indictment states that Mosby did not suffer any such hardship but rather saw her salary grow from nearly $239,000 in 2019 to nearly $248,000 in 2020.

Mosby also made false statements in applications for two holiday homes in Florida, according to the 19-page charging document. On both applications, she allegedly failed to disclose several liabilities.

The indictment states that Mosby indicated in two loan applications that she was not behind or in default for any financial obligations, despite an IRS lien placed on her and her husband’s property in March 2020 over unpaid federal taxes.

Mosby will have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, which has not yet been scheduled.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of five years in federal prison for each perjury count and up to 30 years for the counts of making false mortgage applications.

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Mosby’s attorney A. Scott Bolden told WJZ that he and and his client intend to fight the charges, which he characterized as “bogus” and “politically motivated.”

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