Former Top Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Convicted of Perjury – Former Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby was convicted on Thursday of perjury charges related to false statements about a side business’s finances, allowing improper access to retirement funds amid the Covid pandemic. The conviction followed a federal jury trial that commenced on Monday, where Mosby was found guilty on two counts of perjury.
Mosby, who served two terms as state’s attorney, faced the indictment by a federal grand jury before being defeated in a Democratic primary last year. Notably, she gained national attention for prosecuting Baltimore police officers involved in the Freddie Gray case in 2015, although none were convicted. Mosby declined to testify before her attorneys rested their case on Wednesday.
After the verdict, she said, “I’m blessed. I don’t know what else to say,” as she left the courthouse and entered a waiting car. Facing additional charges of mortgage fraud, Mosby is yet to receive a trial date for those allegations. In 2020, amid the pandemic, she withdrew $90,000 from Baltimore city’s deferred compensation plan while still earning her full salary, approximately $250,000. The 2022 indictment against Mosby alleges she falsely claimed pandemic-related harm to a travel-oriented business, allowing improper access to retirement funds.
She used these funds as down payments for a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida. Prosecutors contended that Mosby violated provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by accessing these funds. They said her business, Mahogany Elite Enterprises, had no clients or revenue and did not sustain any “adverse financial consequences” from the pandemic.
“This case is about a lawyer and a public servant who placed her own selfish interests above the truth,” assistant US attorney Sean Delaney told jurors on Monday during the trial’s opening statements. Mosby withdrew $40,000 and $50,000 separately from the city retirement plan. Prosecutors argue that the funds are held in trust for the city until a participant is eligible for withdrawal.
Mosby’s legal team contends that she had the right to withdraw and use the money as she pleased, asserting her truthfulness in claiming pandemic-related business hardship on certification paperwork, according to federal public defender James Wyda. During the trial’s closing arguments, Wyda said Mosby spent time and money to start a business designed to help “women of color” in business to travel to retreats. “You know the world stopped when the pandemic hit” in 2020, Wyda told jurors.
“What company or business associated with the pandemic didn’t stop when the global pandemic hit?” A Scott Bolden, a lawyer who initially represented Mosby but later withdrew from the case, has described the charges as “bogus” and claimed the case is “rooted in personal, political and racial animus.” While serving as state’s attorney, Mosby gained national acclaim for her progressive initiatives but also faced substantial criticism for perceived overreach.
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Notably, she ceased prosecuting specific low-level offenses, a policy later reversed by her successor. US District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby approved relocating Mosby’s trial from Baltimore to Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC. Mosby’s legal team asserted that years of adverse media coverage made a fair trial in Baltimore unattainable. Prosecutors countered, claiming Mosby actively sought and promoted case coverage.