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Former Baltimore attorney Marilyn Mosby convicted on two counts of perjury

Prosecutors accused her of using a provision of CARES Act to withdraw money from her retirement accounts

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Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby (C) departs the courthouse on the first day of the Caesar Goodson trial in Baltimore, Maryland, US, June 9, 2016. — Reuters
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby (C) departs the courthouse on the first day of the Caesar Goodson trial in Baltimore, Maryland, US, June 9, 2016. — Reuters

Marilyn Mosby, a former high-ranking prosecutor in Baltimore, became widely known after she charged six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

However, Mosby's reputation has taken a hit after she was recently found guilty of two counts of perjury for providing false information on loan applications for two Florida vacation homes.

The US Justice Department revealed that Mosby pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.

Prosecutors accused her of using a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, designed to financially help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to withdraw money from her retirement accounts, CNN reported.

The former prosecutor faces a maximum five-year prison sentence for two counts of perjury and is also charged with false mortgage applications for vacation homes in another federal case, which will be tried separately with a trial date yet to be announced.

A federal grand jury in January 2022 indicted Mosby for allegedly lying on an application, claiming adverse financial consequences due to the pandemic, despite earning a gross salary of over $200,000 in 2020.

Additionally, Mosby failed to disclose owing $45,000 in federal back taxes and claimed to be the primary resident at one of the homes to secure a lower rate. Additionally, she sold one of the homes for a $150,000 profit, the Baltimore Sun reported.

At the time, Mosby called the charges a “political ploy” and said she was “unequivocally innocent.”

So far, there has been no comment from Mosby’s attorney.

During closing arguments, Mosby’s lead attorney and federal public defender Jams Wyda said the case is “about a three-page form and what was in Marilyn Mosby’s mind when she filled it out,” CNN affiliate WBAL-TV reported. “The government spent time on things that don’t matter.”

Wyda stated in court that Mosby told the truth when she filled out documents stating that the pandemic had an adverse effect on her business, claiming that she had “established the business, put money into it and was working to make it profitable in 2020.”

“She qualified and she reasonably believed she qualified. She is innocent,” Wyda continued.

According to The Washington Post, Mosby said after the verdict outside the courthouse: “I’m blessed. I’m blessed. I have nothing else to say.”