BALTIMORE, MD – An indictment was brought against Maryland State Attorney out of Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, Thursday on four total federal charges of perjury, as well as making false mortgage applications for two vacation homes.
The Department of Justice is accusing Mosby of obtaining money from the City’s deferred compensation plan under false pretenses, claiming financial hardship related to COVID-19. Mosby allegedly used those funds for down payments on two Florida vacation homes. Mosby makes $247,955.58 annually.
Allegedly, between May 26, 2020 and December 29, 2020, the attorney submitted “457(b) Coronavirus-Related Distribution Requests” for one-time withdrawals without tax penalties from the City of Baltimore’s Deferred Compensation Plans. One was in the amount of $40,000 and the other was for $50,000, respectively.
The indictment alleges that in each request, Mosby certified, falsely, that she met qualifications to obtain the funding under the CARES act. Mosby claimed, according to the indictment, “that she experienced adverse financial consequences from the Coronavirus as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off; having reduced work hours; being unable to work due to lack of childcare; or the closing or reduction of hours of a business she owned or operated.”
Mosby “affirm[ed] under penalties for [sic] perjury the statements and acknowledgments made in this request” by signing. However, the indictment also alleges that Mosby did not actually “experience any such financial hardships and in fact, Mosby received her full gross salary of $247,955.58 from January 1, 2020 through December 29, 2020, in bi-weekly gross pay direct deposits of $9,183.54.”
Further, Mosby made false statements on July 28, 2020, September 2, 2020, January 14, 2021 and February 19, 2021 on her loan applications for the two Florida homes- one for $490,500 mortgage in Kissimmee, and the other for $428,400 condominium in Long Boat Key.
In the applications, Mosby answered “no” to questions asking whether she was delinquent in federal debt, when, in fact, she had “unpaid federal taxes from a number of previous years and that on March 3, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had placed a lien against all property and rights to property belonging to Mosby and her husband in the amount of $45,022, the amount of unpaid taxes Mosby and her husband owed the IRS as of that date.”
Mosby is facing a “maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each of two counts of perjury and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison for each of two counts of making false mortgage applications.”