The vice president encouraged voters to support Marilyn Mosby to help ‘reform’ the criminal justice system
On Thursday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was charged with perjury and falsifying documents at a time when she claimed to be in financial difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mosby, a Democrat elected to her post in 2015, twice claimed she suffered work-related difficulties in order to borrow a total of $90,000 from her retirement account. She used that money to buy two vacation homes in Florida, prosecutors say.
According to the indictment, Mosby exploited a provision of the CARES Act, allowing an individual to borrow from their retirement account if they were laid off, furloughed, forced to work reduced hours or faced challenges. financial difficulties for another reason related to the pandemic.
Mosby used some of the money — $36,000 in May 2020 and $45,000 the following December — to make down payments on homes in Longboat Key and Kissimmee, Florida. These payments were made, according to prosecutors, when she was earning more than $240,000 a year, representing a $10,000 increase over her salary the previous year.
The indictment also claims that Mosby secured her two mortgages for more than $400,000 without disclosing that she owed more than $45,000 in back federal taxes. One of the properties purchased was sold for a profit of $150,000 in November, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The state attorney, whose term ends this year, had previously made national headlines for her progressive politics. She charged officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man, after Gray died in police custody. None of the six officers were convicted, and critics said Mosby sought to exploit public anger around the case.
Shortly after the latest dramatic turn in Mosby’s career, some on social media were quick to share 2017 footage of Vice President Kamala Harris, herself a former prosecutor, praising Mosby’s role in helping “reform” the criminal justice system.
“She can’t fail, and I know she won’t,” Harris had noted at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.
Mosby told the Baltimore Sun at the time that she wouldn’t have continued her career without the “inspiration” she gained from watching Harris’ trajectory.
“There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris. When I won [the election for] public prosecutor, Kamala was my inspiration”, she said.
Mosby’s lawyer says she’s innocent, the target of a smear campaign, and, given that she has only five months left before she stands again, the charges are “rooted in personal, political and racial animosity”.