A former top prosecutor for the city of Baltimore has been convicted of lying on financial documents to improperly raid retirement funds to buy two Florida vacation homes.
The former Baltimore state’s attorney used the claim to withdraw $90,000 from her city retirement account, and used the funds as down payments to buy a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida
Prosecutors said Mosby’s gross salary in 2020 was over $247,000 and never was reduced, but she claimed the pandemic had damaged her various side hustles.
Mosby served two terms as state’s attorney for Baltimore. A federal grand jury indicted her on perjury charges before a Democratic primary challenger defeated her last year.
Former Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby leaves the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland on Thursday after a jury convicted her of perjury charges
Mosby gained a national profile for prosecuting six Baltimore police officers after Freddie Gray, a black man, died in police custody in 2015, which was Mosby’s first year in office.
His death led to riots and protests in the city, but none of the officers were ultimately convicted.
She was also in office when prosecutors dropped charges against Adnan Syed on in the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee after additional DNA testing excluded him as a suspect in a case chronicled by the hit podcast ‘Serial.’
Mosby declined to testify before her attorneys rested their case on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, which Mosby used to lead, declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com following the verdict.
Mosby’s 2022 indictment accused her of improperly accessing retirement funds by falsely claiming that the pandemic harmed a travel-oriented business that she had formed.
In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Mosby withdrew $90,000 from Baltimore city´s deferred compensation plan. She received her full salary, about $250,000 that year.
She used the withdrawals as down payments to buy a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.
Prosecutors argued that Mosby wasn´t entitled to access the funds under provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
They said her business, Mahogany Elite Enterprises, had no clients or revenue and didn’t sustain any ‘adverse financial consequences’ from the pandemic.
Mosby’s condo in Longboat Key is seen above
She also used the withdrawals as down payments to buy this home in Kissimmee, Florida
‘This case is about a lawyer and a public servant who placed her own selfish interests above the truth,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Delaney told jurors on Monday during the trial´s opening statements.
Mosby made separate withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000 from the city retirement plan. Prosecutors say the money in the account is held in trust and belongs to the city until a plan participant is eligible to make a withdrawal.
One of Mosby’s lawyers said she was legally entitled to withdraw the money and spend it however she wanted. Mosby told the truth when she certified on paperwork that the pandemic devastated her business, said federal public defender James Wyda.
During the trial’s closing arguments, Wyda said Mosby spent time and money to start a business designed to help ‘women of color’ in business to travel to retreats.
‘You know the world stopped when the pandemic hit’ in 2020, Wyda told jurors. ‘What company or business associated with the pandemic didn´t stop when the global pandemic hit?’
A. Scott Bolden, a lawyer who initially represented Mosby but later withdrew from the case, has described the charges as ‘bogus’ and claimed the case is ‘rooted in personal, political and racial animus.’
One of Mosby’s lawyers said she was legally entitled to withdraw the money and spend it however she wanted
During her tenure as state’s attorney, Mosby received national recognition for her progressive policies and became a lightning rod for criticism from those who thought she went too far.
Among other high-profile decisions, Mosby stopped prosecuting certain low-level crimes, a practice her successor has reversed.
US District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby agreed to move Mosby´s trial from Baltimore to Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Mosby’s attorneys argued that she couldn’t get a fair trial in Baltimore after years of negative media coverage.
Prosecutors opposed the venue change, saying Mosby had sought and encouraged coverage of the case.