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 November 10, 2023

Ex-Baltimore prosecutor convicted on two counts of perjury

Former Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby was convicted Thursday on two counts of perjury.

The federal jury's verdict came in response to false claims about financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic that included withdrawing money from the city retirement fund.

The verdict

"We respect the jury’s verdict and remain steadfastly committed to our mission to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, protect the civil rights of all Americans, and safeguard public property," U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron said, according to Fox News.

"Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the two perjury counts. U.S. District Judge Lydia K. Griggsby hasn't scheduled a sentencing hearing," it added.

The background

"Mosby also faces separate charges of mortgage fraud. A trial date for those charges hasn’t been set," NBC News reported.

"In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Mosby withdrew $90,000 from Baltimore's deferred compensation plan. She received her full salary, about $250,000 that year," it continued.

More details

"Mosby was known for charging the six police officers involved in the Freddy Gray case, a Black man who died while in police custody in 2015. The officers were later either acquitted or their trials were declared a mistrial," ABC News reported.

"The indictment, filed in January of 2022, says that Mosby falsely certified that she met at least one of the qualifications for distribution as defined under the CARES Act, specifically, that she experienced adverse financial consequences from the Coronavirus," it noted.

Mosby's case noted that the money was used for the down payment of two vacation homes in Florida rather than on expenses that she incurred during the pandemic.

The two withdrawals from the city's fund were for $40,000 and $50,000 under the COVID-19-related requests.

Mosby's case has now reached its verdict but her sentencing has yet to be determined. It is unclear whether she will serve jail time or for how long as her outcome is determined.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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