Another lawmaker just got hit with serious charges, and this time it’s a Democrat State Attorney in Baltimore. Marilyn Mosby is facing multiple accusations and some stiff punishments.
A Maryland grand jury indicted Mosby on Thursday, on two counts of perjury and two counts of filing false mortgage applications.
And as it turns out, Mosby was a close professional friend of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Mosby is accused of applying for pandemic relief money, even though “she hadn’t experienced any of the enumerated financial hardships she claimed to have experienced” (via court documents).
It seems Mosby didn’t need that relief money at all, as she received her full salary of $247,955.58 throughout 2020. And yet, she apparently got $9,000 in biweekly installments from the relief money.
Then there are two allegations of filing false mortgage applications, where Mosby supposedly failed to disclose that she had unpaid federal taxes.
Furthermore, the IRS had placed a $45,000 lien against all property Mosby and her husband owned. She allegedly did not disclose this information when purchasing a $428,000 condo in Long Beach.
She was indicted for “similar reasons” when purchasing another vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida in July and September of 2020.
Now, it’s Mosby’s connection to VP Harris that’s raising eyebrows. Fox News provided the public with a quote from then-Sen. Harris during a fundraiser in L.A. in 2017:
When we march and we shout about what we need to do to reform the criminal justice system, we better understand that we gotta march and shout with our paychecks – and all of the work that we can do to actually make sure that somebody like Marilyn Mosby gets reelected into that office, to not only get convictions, but have convictions.
Harris has reportedly been an ally of Mosby’s for some time.
Mosby later posted a photo on Instagram showing herself and Harris at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner. And after Harris was elected VP in 2020, Mosby told the Baltimore Sun:
There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris. When I won state’s attorney, Kamala was my inspiration.
The Vice President isn’t facing any charges regarding Mosby’s allegations. There is also no evidence that she was aware of the allegations against her Democrat colleague.
Even so, the connection may not help Harris’ already flagging reputation. The Vice President’s approval rating has fallen below 30 percent according to some polls, which is even lower than President Biden’s.
As for Mosby’s attorney A. Scott Bolden, he claims she’s innocent:
Marilyn Mosby is innocent, has been innocent, and we look forward to defending her in the court of law, and presenting evidence of her innocence to a jury of her peers.
We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges — charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.
Seeing as how so many suffered financially during the pandemic, this is a major issue.
If Mosby really is guilty of taking relief money when she clearly didn’t need it, and further failing to disclose her tax situation, then the less fortunate people of Baltimore are bound to be annoyed.
Examples of well-off public officials and lawmakers getting relief money doesn’t go over well — and we’ve seen more than a few of those stories in recent years.