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Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she falsely claimed coronavirus-related financial hardship to withdraw thousands of dollars from her city pension fund in connection with vacation home purchases in Florida.
Earlier last month, a grand jury indicted her on two counts of perjury and misrepresentation on a loan application to buy the vacation homes. She also allegedly failed to disclose unpaid federal taxes on mortgage applications. She pleaded not guilty to all four counts, FOX 45 of Baltimore reported.
Mosby, 42, refused to resign and said the charges were politically motivated.
“This is a politically charged case,” his attorney A. Scott Bolden said, adding that Mosby wants his trial to begin within two months. “My client is in the middle of a re-election campaign. The government decided to indict her four or five months later.”
BALTIMORE ATTORNEY MARILYN MOSBY SAYS CHARGE AGAINST HER POLITICALLY MOTIVATED
Mosby reportedly claimed she suffered financially due to the coronavirus on a request to withdraw $90,000 from her retirement account and eventually withdrew $81,000, according to FOX 45. In 2020, Mosby’s salary was around $247,000 and was never reduced because of the pandemic, according to the indictment.
U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson, who presided over Friday’s hearing, told Bolden he will need to review his request for a trial date with U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby. A conference call between Griggy and the lawyers is scheduled for February 23.
Mosby was elected state’s attorney in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
She first rose to national prominence in 2015 as a prosecutor in the case of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody. Mosby brought charges against six police officers, but all six were eventually acquitted or had their charges dropped.
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Mosby claims his innocence. “I wanted the people of Baltimore to hear it from me: I did nothing wrong. I didn’t defraud anyone to take money from my retirement savings,” she said in January.
Mosby’s husband is Nick Mosby, President of the Baltimore City Council.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.