Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s top prosecutor, is claiming she’s innocent after the federal government brought four felony charges against her following a lengthy investigation into her personal finances.
According to WJZ-CBS Baltimore, she addressed the case for the first time publicly on Friday (January 14) in a statement she read outside of her downtown office.
“I am innocent of the charges that have been levied against me, and I intend to fight with every ounce of energy in my being to prove my innocence and to clear my name,” Mosby told reporters. “Don’t be fooled. We are five months from my next election, and this indictment is merely a political ploy by my political adversaries to unseat me.”
She declined to answer any questions.
A grand jury returned an indictment Thursday on four felony counts including charges of perjury and making false statements. Prosecutors allege Mosby lied about suffering COVID-19 hardships to withdraw money without penalty from her retirement account and falsified information on loan applications for vacation homes in Florida.
“I want the people of Baltimore to hear it from me: I have done nothing wrong,” Mosby said in her statement. “I did not defraud anyone to take my money from my retirement savings, and I did not lie on any mortgage application.”
Mosby also revealed she’s received death threats and discussed disagreements with former President Donald Trump and Governor Larry Hogan.
“Donald Trump called for me to be prosecuted several years ago, and I fought back against his administration,” she said. “I fought back against a governor who plays politics and doesn’t like my policies.”
Mosby claims the indictment is in retaliation for her progressive policies.
“Ever since I walked down the steps of the War Memorial on May 1, 2015 and announced charges against six police officers in the killing of Freddie Gray, I have had a target on my back,” she said. “I did not expect for an investigation into my professional travel, which I asked for, to snowball into state ethics and state election board inquiries, federal investigations and ultimately a federal indictment.”
No hearing date has yet been set. If found guilty, Mosby faces up to a combined 70 years in prison.