In an unfolding legal drama, former Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stands accused of perjury and manipulation of her financial situation during the COVID-19 pandemic to access retirement funds. The prosecution alleges that she used these funds to purchase two Florida properties.
“Marilyn Mosby is a lawyer and a public servant who has prioritized her interests over veracity,” asserts Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Delaney, setting a strong tone for the trial’s commencement. In contrast, Mosby’s defense attorney, Maggie Grace, defends her actions, asserting that Mosby was within her legal rights to withdraw and use the money as she saw fit.
The case revolves around Mosby’s claim that the pandemic negatively impacted a travel-related business she established, which the defense says is truthful. “The crux of this case lies within a three-page form and Marilyn Mosby’s intentions when she filled it out,” Grace elaborates.
Mosby, who held the position of Baltimore’s state’s attorney for two terms, was indicted on perjury charges and subsequently lost her seat to a Democratic primary challenger. The indictment details the withdrawal of $90,000 from her retirement account under the pretense of suffering financial difficulties due to the pandemic. These funds were allegedly used for property investments in Kissimmee and Long Boat Key, Florida.
A. Scott Bolden, a previous legal representative for Mosby, dismissed the charges as “baseless” and suggested they were motivated by personal, political, and racial prejudice.
Mosby’s first year in office, 2015, was marked by her pursuit of criminal charges against six police officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death, an event which led to citywide riots and protests. However, none of the officers were convicted.
After a successful argument by Mosby’s legal team that a fair trial in Baltimore was impossible due to her controversial public image and persistent criticism, the trial was relocated to Greenbelt, Maryland.
The charges against Mosby include two perjury counts and two false statements on a loan application. In 2020, she withdrew $50,000 and an additional $40,000 from Baltimore City’s deferred compensation plan despite receiving her annual salary of approximately $250,000.
The prosecution argues that Mosby was not legally entitled to access the retirement funds in 2020, as her business, Mahogany Elite Enterprises did not experience any financial hardships due to the pandemic. They further contend that the company had no clients or revenue.
In her defense, Grace insists that the prosecution cannot substantiate the claim that Mosby knowingly falsified her financial situation. “Ms. Mosby is innocent,” she declares.
Mosby has not been accused of misusing the retirement funds post-withdrawal. “We will not debate the correct or incorrect usage of these funds,” states Delaney.
Grace emphasizes that Mosby’s personal business and public service were separate in her closing argument. “Her actions are not criminal,” she concludes.