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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Marilyn Mosby, City State’s Attorney, leaves the Baltimore courthouse, Maryland on June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File photo


(Reuters) – Marilyn Mosby of Baltimore was the top federal prosecutor. This Friday, she said she is innocent of any wrongdoing. She was arrested on federal perjury charges and false loan application related to two Florida vacation home purchases.

Mosby was elected as the state’s attorney for 2015 and claimed she had been victim to a political “ploy” to overthrow her. She said that she would fight with all my might to get rid of them.

“I’m here before you today to state unequivocally that I am innocent,” she said in a 10-minute statement delivered to reporters as she choked back tears. She did not respond to any further questions.

Mosby, 41 years old, was accused of falsifyingly claiming that she had suffered financial hardship at work from COVID-19 twice in order to withdraw $90,000.

Prosecutors claimed that Mosby spent the $36,000 she received in May 2020, and $45,000 Dec. 31 of the same year, to pay down vacation home purchases in Kissimmee or Long Boat Key.

Two counts of perjury are based on Mosby’s false statements about coronavirus financial duress during a period when she earned a total gross annual income of almost $248,000, according to the indictment.

Also, she is charged with making false statements in mortgage applications to obtain loans totaling more than $900,000. According to the indictment, Mosby was accused of failing to report federal tax deficiencies which resulted in an Internal Revenue Service $45,000 lien in 2020.

Mosby refuted both allegations and stated, “I didn’t defraud anybody to take my money out of my retirement savings. I also did not lie about any mortgage application.”

WBAL-TV, Baltimore’s television station, quoted A. Scott Bolden as saying that Mosby’s lawyer had stated in a media interview, that his client also had business interests including a travel agency that was affected by the pandemic and that she had consulted financial advisors before applying for a mortgage.

Mosby says that she was not allowed to give evidence for her case to the grand jury which indicts her.

Mosby stated that political opponents had “a target on mine” ever since 2015 when Mosby filed criminal charges against six police officers involved in the killing of Freddie Gray. Gray, a young Black male who was being transported by a police van and suffered a fatal spinal injury. The six police officers involved in Gray’s death were not convicted.

Mosby was part of the “progressive prosecutor” movement that promised to tackle systemic racism within America’s criminal justice system.

According to Maryland Matters, an independent news website, Erek Barron (a former State Delegate) has refused to comment.

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