Marilyn Mosby, Ex-Baltimore Prosecutor,FacesPrison and Asset Forfeiture

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of perjury and mortgage fraud. Federal prosecutors are seeking to seize her Florida vacation condo, which she purchased with fraudulently obtained funds.

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Marilyn Mosby, Ex-Baltimore Prosecutor,FacesPrison and Asset Forfeiture

Marilyn Mosby, Ex-Baltimore Prosecutor,FacesPrison and Asset Forfeiture

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces up to 40 years in prison and the potential seizure of her Florida vacation condo after being convicted of perjury and mortgage fraud. Federal prosecutors filed a notice on Friday to formalize their request to seize the condo, known as "The Tree House," which Mosby purchased in February 2021 for $476,000.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of accountability among public officials and the need for transparency in their financial dealings. The outcome of Mosby's sentencing and forfeiture hearing may set a precedent for how prosecutors handle similar cases involving government officials accused of fraud and corruption.

Mosby, 44, was convicted of two counts of perjury in November and one count of mortgage fraud in January. Prosecutors alleged that she lied about suffering a pandemic-related financial setback to make early withdrawals from her city retirement account, using the money for down payments on two Florida vacation properties worth almost $1 million combined. Mosby also submitted a false gift letter claiming that her then-husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, would send her $5,000 to close on the Longboat Key condo.

If the government seizes the condo, Mosby would get back her $47,600 down payment, with any profits from the sale being forfeited. Prosecutors wrote that allowing Mosby to profit from the condo's appreciation would "undermine the very purpose of forfeiture." Mosby previously sold the other Florida vacation property, an eight-bedroom house in Kissimmee, for $696,000 in November 2021, making a profit of $151,000.

In an unusual move, Mosby has publicly asked President Joe Biden for a pardon ahead of her May 23 sentencing. During an appearance on MSNBC, Mosby claimed she did "absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal, nothing criminal" and that the prosecution was politically motivated and rooted in racism. U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby has scheduled a forfeiture hearing to take place on the same day as Mosby's sentencing in Greenbelt.

Mosby gained national attention in 2015 when she led the investigation and prosecution of police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died in police custody. Though Mosby was reelected in 2018, she lost her 2022 reelection campaign to Ivan Bates following her indictment on the perjury and mortgage fraud charges in January 2022.

The former Baltimore prosecutor now awaits her sentencing on May 23, where she faces the possibility of up to 40 years in prison and the loss of her Florida vacation home. While Mosby maintains her innocence and seeks a presidential pardon, federal prosecutors are moving forward with efforts to seize the condo she purchased fraudulently. The outcome of the sentencing and forfeiture hearing will determine the fate of Marilyn Mosby and her contested property.

Key Takeaways

  • Marilyn Mosby faces up to 40 years in prison for perjury and mortgage fraud.
  • Federal prosecutors seek to seize her Florida vacation condo, "The Tree House".
  • Mosby was convicted of lying about pandemic-related financial hardship to make early withdrawals.
  • She also submitted a false gift letter to obtain a mortgage for the condo.
  • Mosby has requested a presidential pardon, claiming political motivation and racism.