Lawyer A. Scott Bolden addressed Baltimore media today, again denouncing the federal charges against his client, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, as racially and politically motivated, but also responded to questions about her private companies.
The indictment includes allegations that Mosby lied to gain early access to her tax-deferred retirement account by stating on an application that she suffered “adverse financial consequences” in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Baltimore’s top prosecutor received her full salary of $247,956 that year, but Bolden has said her hardship claim was based on losses suffered by her private travel companies.
How could that be, he was asked today, given previous statements by Mosby, her spokesperson and her lawyers in a previous investigation that the companies were “not operational”?
“I don’t know how you define ‘operational,’” Bolden said.
“I’m telling you those businesses were, were, were running,” he continued. “And they were being pursued and they were legally on the books. Next question.”
Mosby told Baltimore Inspector General Isabel Merecedes Cumming, who investigated her travel companies last year, that her businesses had no employees, contracts or clients.
Her spokeswoman earlier told The Brew, which disclosed the companies’ existence, that Mosby had no plans to operate them while in office. (Her current term ends in January 2023.)
“Not getting into specifics”
Bolden was also pressed over which provision of the CARES Act that Mosby invoked to request for early withdrawal of her retirement funds.
Withdrawal was permitted if the applicant experienced “adverse financial consequences from the Coronavirus as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off; having reduced work hours; being unable to work due to lack of childcare; or the closing or reduction of hours of a business she owned or operated.”
“I’m not going to get into the specifics of that,” Bolden responded. “She qualifies with one of those under the statute, and I’ll leave it at that.”
He added, “I’m not going to get into a tit-tat over what’s been said before or done or what-have-you.”
“My client didn’t get it”
Bolden was asked about the indictment’s allegations that Mosby lied on mortgage documents to purchase two vacation properties in Florida.
Prosecutors said Mosby failed to disclose that there was a $45,022 lien for unpaid taxers on the house she and her husband, City Council President Nick Mosby, own in Baltimore.
The indictment refers to multiple IRS letters sent to the couple going back to 2015, and further states that on March 23, 2020, the IRS sent a notice about the lien “to Mosby and her husband, individually, at their home address.”
“You’re saying that she didn’t open the mail?” Fox45 reporter Mikenzie Frost asked, to which Bolden replied, “I’m not going to dignify your last comment.”
“My clients didn’t get it, and it wasn’t delivered to them in the normal way, if you will.”
“I don’t know about all these other additional letters,” he continued. “My only point is, she did not know. She did not lie. And that’ll come out at trial.”