A jury in Greenbelt, Maryland convicted Marilyn J. Mosby, a previous Baltimore City State’s Attorney, of perjury charges connected to her withdrawal of funds from the City of Baltimore’s Deferred Payment Strategy. Mosby had actually claimed that she experienced financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the jury discovered that this claim was false.
The conviction was announced by United States Lawyer for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Unique Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Examination, Baltimore Field Office; and Unique Agent in Charge Kareem A. Carter of the Irs – Crook Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.
U.S. Lawyer Erek L. Barron said, “We respect the jury’s verdict and remain steadfastly devoted to our mission to support the rule of law, keep our nation safe, secure the civil liberties of all Americans, and safeguard public property.”
According to the proof provided at trial, on May 26, 2020 and December 29, 2020, Mosby submitted “457(b) Coronavirus-Related Distribution Demands” for one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from City of Baltimore’s Deferred Compensation Plan. Trial evidence proved that Mosby wrongly licensed that she satisfied a minimum of among the qualifications for a distribution as specified under the CARES Act, particularly, that she experienced unfavorable monetary repercussions from the Coronavirus as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off; having actually minimized work hours; being unable to work due to lack of child care; or the closing or reduction of hours of a business she owned or ran. In signing the types, Mosby “verify [ed] under penalties for perjury the declarations and acknowledgments made in this request.” As shown at trial, Mosby did not experience any such monetary difficulties and in fact, Mosby got her full gross salary of $247,955.58 from January 1, 2020 through December 29, 2020, in bi-weekly gross pay direct deposits of $9,183.54.
Mosby could possibly confront 5 years in federal prison for each of the two perjury charges, for a total of 10 years. Sentencing has actually not been scheduled yet by U.S. District Judge Lydia K. Griggsby.
In a separate legal proceeding, Mosby is likewise dealing with charges for presumably offering incorrect information on home mortgage applications for 2 vacation homes in Florida. These charges have not yet been attempted and a trial date has not been set. If found guilty, Mosby might possibly face up to thirty years in federal jail for each of the two staying counts. Nevertheless, it is necessary to note that the real sentence for federal criminal offenses is typically less than the optimum penalty. The sentence will be identified by a federal district court judge who will think about the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other pertinent factors. It is essential to bear in mind that an indictment is not a conviction, and the defendant is presumed innocent up until tested guilty in a law court.
The United States Lawyer, Erek L. Barron, expressed his gratitude to the Federal Bureau of Examination and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Examination unit for their diligent efforts in the event. He also acknowledged the contributions of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean R. Delaney and Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, who are dealing with the prosecution of the federal charges.