Ex-Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Sentenced for Misusing COVID Funds to Purchase Florida Condo

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The ex-chief prosecutor of Baltimore, found guilty of defrauding the federal government by falsely claiming financial difficulties to purchase a beach property during the COVID-19 pandemic, has avoided jail time.

Marilyn Mosby, aged 44, has been sentenced to a year of home detention, 100 hours of community service, and three years on probation, as declared by Erek Barron, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Mosby faced conviction in two distinct trials for several felony offenses—one conducted earlier this year and the other last autumn.

At her sentencing in Prince County, U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby imposed a home confinement sentence with electronic monitoring on Mosby and ruled that she must forfeit 90% of the value of the property acquired through the fraudulent mortgage.

Mosby first came into the limelight in 2015 when she filed charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the case of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died from a severe spinal injury sustained in police custody.

Prosecutors had sought a harsher sentence of 20 months behind bars for Mosby, who could have faced up to 35 years in prison for her fraud and perjury charges, according to legal statutes.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean R.

Delaney and Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, who led the prosecution, highlighted the seriousness of Mosby’s crimes.

During the court proceedings, Judge Griggsby expressed the opinion that Mosby’s actions represented a significant breach of trust, especially given her prominent position in Baltimore. However, the decision was notably influenced by consideration of Mosby’s contributions to public service and her familial responsibilities.

Mosby was specifically convicted for making a dishonest mortgage application related to a Florida condominium purchase, while accusations tied to another property purchase in Florida resulted in an acquittal. Additionally, she was found guilty of perjury for falsely claiming pandemic-related financial losses to withdraw funds from a city retirement account.

U.S. Attorney Erek Barron praised the investigative efforts of the FBI and IRS-CI, as well as the support from the Baltimore City Office of the Inspector General in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.

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