Senior prosecutor lauded by Kamala Harris indicted on federal charges – Action News Now

Vice president encourages voters to support Marilyn Mosby to help ‘reform’ criminal justice system

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, was charged Thursday with perjury and falsification of documents while claiming to be in financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mosby, a Democrat who was elected in 2015, has twice claimed to have borrowed a total of $90,000 from her retirement account due to job difficulties. She used the money to buy two vacation homes in Florida, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Mosby took advantage of a provision of the CARES Act that allows individuals to retire from their retirement if they are fired, furloughed, forced to reduce their hours, or face financial hardship for some other pandemic-related reason. borrowing from the account.

Mosby used some of that — $36,000 in May 2020 and $45,000 in December the following year — to put down down payments on homes in Longboat Key and Kissimmee, Florida. Prosecutors said the payments were made when she was earning more than $240,000 a year, a $10,000 increase over her previous year’s salary.

The indictment also alleges that Mosby obtained two of her mortgages of more than $400,000, but did not disclose that she owed more than $45,000 in federal taxes. One of the properties sold for a $150,000 profit in November, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The state’s prosecutor’s term ends this year after she made national headlines for her progressive politics. In 2015, she charged the death of Freddie Gray, a black man, after Gray died in police custody. None of the six officers have been convicted, and critics say Mosby is trying to capitalize on public outrage over the case.

Shortly after the latest dramatic turn in Mosby’s career, some on social media were quick to share footage of 2017 Vice President Kamala Harris, herself a former prosecutor, praising Mosby for helping “reform” Criminal justice system.

“She won’t fail, I know she won’t fail,” Harris has Say at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Mosby told the Baltimore Sun at the time that she would not have pursued her career had it not been for her “inspiration” from observing Harris’ trajectory.

“Without Kamala Harris, there would be no Marilyn Mosby. When I win [the election for] State Attorney Kamara was my inspiration,” she says.

Mosby’s lawyers claim she is innocent and the target of a smear campaign, and given that she is only five months away from her re-election bid, the charges are “Rooted in personal, political and racial hostility.”