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Baltimore’s top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said on Friday she was innocent of any wrongdoing, a day after she was charged with perjury and filing false loan applications related to the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida. .

Mosby, elected state’s attorney in 2015, said she was the victim of a “ploy” by political adversaries seeking to overthrow her and was determined to “fight with every ounce of my being and to clear my name”.

“I stand here before you today to unequivocally declare that I am innocent,” she said in a 10-minute statement given to reporters as she fought back tears. She didn’t answer any questions at the end.

Mosby, 41, is accused of twice claiming to have suffered work-related financial hardship due to COVID-19 in order to request two early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her City Employees Retirement Account. Read more

Prosecutors said Mosby 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 and Long Boat Key.

Marilyn Mosby (left) said she was the victim of a ‘ploy’ by political opponents seeking to overthrow her and was determined to fight on during the trial.
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The two counts of perjury stem from Mosby’s allegedly false statements about financial hardship related to the coronavirus at a time when she was earning a gross annual salary of nearly $248,000 in total, the indictment alleges.

She is also charged with two counts of misrepresenting mortgage applications soliciting a total of more than $900,000 in loans to purchase the properties in Florida. The indictment says Mosby failed to disclose federal tax arrears, which resulted in a $45,000 lien imposed by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020.

Mosby denied both sets of allegations, stating, “I didn’t defraud anyone to take my money from my retirement savings, and I didn’t lie on any mortgage applications.”

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby claims innocence after federal charges
Marilyn Mosby said on Friday she was innocent of wrongdoing, a day after being charged with perjury and filing false loan applications.
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Baltimore broadcaster WBAL-TV quoted Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, as saying in a media interview that his client had other business interests, including a pandemic-hit travel agency. , and that she had consulted financial advisers before taking out the mortgage application.

According to Mosby, prosecutors declined her offer to personally present evidence on her own behalf to the grand jury who ultimately indicted her.

Mosby said political opponents “had a target on my back” since she made national headlines in 2015 when she filed criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in the back of a police van. None of the six officers charged in his death have been sentenced.

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby claims innocence after federal charges
Marilyn Mosby has said political opponents “have a target on my back” since she made national headlines in 2015 when she filed criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
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Mosby ran for office as part of a movement of “progressive prosecutors” vowing to tackle systemic racism in the US criminal justice system.

U.S. Attorney Erek Barron, a former state delegate who was appointed to his post by President Joe Biden, declined to comment on the case, according to the independent, nonpartisan news site Maryland Matters.

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