BALTIMORE, MD- The wheels continue to come off for the “first couple” of Baltimore as City Council President Nick Mosby’s assistant has been arrested on gun and drug charges in Baltimore County, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Jade Kala Johnson, 24, was charged with having a loaded handgun in a vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while distributing drugs, along with several other offenses.
Johnson was released from jail after being held without bond since her initial arrest on June 6.
Her attorney, prominent Baltimore defense lawyer Warren Brown noted that Johnson is a college graduate and neither the judge or the prosecutor objected to her being released, he told the Sun. Johnson graduated from Towson University and has no previous criminal convictions.
Brown said that while the handgun is registered to Johnson, she didn’t possess a proper concealed carry permit.
According to county police, Johnson was pulled over on June 6 at around 8:00 a.m., charging documents read. Investigating officers believed the tints on the windows of her Volkswagen Tiguan were darker than allowed under Maryland state law.
Upon approaching Johnson’s vehicle, officers smelled the odor of marijuana, which gave them probable cause to search her vehicle. During the search, police found a loaded 9mm handgun loaded with a 16 round magazine, along with another 16-round magazine loaded with 14 rounds nearby.
Johnson was charged with possession of a large-capacity magazine, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.
Upon checking with the Maryland State Police Gun Center, investigating officers determined Johnson didn’t have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
During her initial court appearance, Johnson listed the Baltimore City Council as her employer, claiming she had been so employed for 10 months and had an income of $50,000. While she isn’t currently listed in any public salary databases, Brown confirmed she works for Mosby.
The Baltimore Sun reached out to Mosby for comment, however he didn’t respond.
Aside from the handgun, police also recovered a digital scale, along with over five ounces of marijuana, which was separated among three plastic baggies, the charging documents read. Police officers noted that given the amount of marijuana, the presentation of being separated in three different baggies, and the presence of a scale indicated drug distribution.
Brown explained his client was giving a ride to someone and it was his marijuana.
Police said Johnson’s passenger, Bernard Beasley Jr., aces the same charges as her. He is currently being held without bond. He is currently being represented by the Office of the Public Defender, the Sun said.
Both are also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony crime of violence; while charging documents didn’t specify any particular violence, that charge is also applicable to other felony crimes.
Brown claims that charge was incorrectly applied and he expects the prosecutor’s office to drop at least one charge.
Mosby is the husband of Baltimore County DA Marilyn Mosby, who was charged earlier this year with two counts of perjury and making false statements on a loan application. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Marilyn Mosby is also famous for charging six Baltimore Police officers in the death of Freddy Gray, where all six either were exonerated or had their charges dismissed. Where at one time she was considered a “rising star” in the Democratic Party, she is facing an uphill challenge in her reelection bid later this year.
For one of our previous reports about the embattled Baltimore DA, we invite you to:
BALTIMORE, MD – As Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces federal charges relating to real estate purchases, prosecutors have filed a new superseding indictment against her.
The indictment, filed on Thursday, March 10, 2022, contained no new charges, but introduced additional evidence against Mosby.
Mosby had already been charged with two counts of perjury and two counts of making a false statement, in relation to two home purchases in Florida.
According to her original indictment, Mosby had falsified a declaration of financial hardship during the COVID epidemic, which enabled her to withdraw retirement money from Baltimore’s Deferred Compensation Plan. She made two withdrawals, of $40,000 and $50,000, which she used for down payments on Florida real estate.
CBS Baltimore reports that the two homes were a “$490,500 home in Kissimmee” and a “$428,400 condo in Long Boat Key.”
Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed a superseding indictment against Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, adding new details to the allegations she lied on loan applications to purchase two vacation homes in Florida. https://t.co/Agl0xY54Gc
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) March 10, 2022
“The indictment alleges Mosby falsely certified that she met at least one of the qualifications for a distribution as defined under the CARES Act, specifically, that she experienced adverse financial consequences stemming from the coronavirus as a result of ‘being quarantined, furloughed or laid off’ or ‘having reduced work hours’ or ‘being unable to work due to lack of child care’ or ‘the closing or reduction of hours of a business I own or operate.’”
However, WBALTV notes, Mosby in fact received her full salary during 2020.
The original indictment goes on to state:
“Rather than experiencing a reduction in income in 2020, Mosby’s gross salary in 2020 increased over her gross salary in 2019, which was $238,772.04.”
When Mosby signed the applicable forms, she “affirm(ed) under penalties for perjury the statements and acknowledgments made in this request.”
The original indictment also alleges that Mosby made false statements on loan applications for her two vacation homes in Florida.
For both applications, according to the indictment, Mosby “said she was not delinquent or in default on any financial obligations, even though the IRS had placed a lien in Mosby and her husband’s property in March 2020 over unpaid federal taxes.”
In addition, CBS Baltimore reports that Mosby received a lower interest rate through falsification of documents.
The indictment states that Mosby “‘falsely executed’ a second-home rider in Aug. 2020.”
The rider specified that Mosby would not rent out the Kissimmee property, but as it turned out, Mosby had entered into a rental agreement with a vacation home management company one week prior to signing the rider.
Through the rider, Mosby was able to obtain a lower interest rate for the Kissimmee property than she would have otherwise. She was also “able to make a smaller down payment.”
With her eyes on her re-election bid for a third four-year term as State’s Attorney, she declared in December 2021:
“I wanted the people of Baltimore to hear it from me: I’ve done nothing wrong”
“Don’t be fooled. We are now five months from my next election, and this indictment is merely a political ploy by my political adversaries to unseat me.”
Legal issues aside, the Baltimore state’s attorney told the mortgage company that she had been living in Florida for more than two months and could do the job remotely. Is state’s attorney really a remote job? https://t.co/fY5oMGSqyI
— Kevin Ring (@KevinARing) March 11, 2022
Despite Mosby’s pushback, prosecutors continued to assess the case, and added new evidence to their indictment.
The superseding indictment now includes a letter from Mosby dated December 10, 2020. The letter accompanied a loan application for the Long Boat Key property.
Prosecutors alleged in the indictment:
“In that letter, MOSBY falsely represented that she had spent the past 70 days living in Florida and working remotely when she, in fact, had not.”
Mosby was certainly seen in Baltimore during that 70-day period.
According to the Baltimore Sun, she and her entire family were present at her husband’s swearing-in ceremony for Baltimore City Council president on December 10, 2020, the same day Mosby wrote the letter.
Marilyn Mosby's letter — dated December 10, 2020 — says she and her family have been living in Florida for the past 70 days.
On December 10, Nick Mosby was sworn in as City Council President. He was joined by his wife and kids, as seen here in photos tweeted by Mayor Scott. https://t.co/9FaR3AMR1q
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) March 11, 2022
In addition, Mosby gave a news conference in Baltimore on December 7, 2020.
Prosecutors also allege that Mosby falsified a gift letter on February 10, 2021, associated with her purchase of the Long Boat Key home.
The superseding indictment now describes how Mosby needed $35,699.15 in liquid assets, but she had only $31,043.24, which meant that she was short about $4,656 to close.
Prosecutors went on to say that Mosby, instead of waiting for her next paycheck, submitted a gift letter claiming that her husband gave her $5,000 to close, which he wired to her escrow agent on February 17, 2021.
As it turns out, according to the indictment, the $5,000 was not a gift from her husband. Mosby allegedly wired the money herself to her husband’s credit union checking account. Her husband transferred the $5,000 to his savings account, then “transferred it back to his MECU checking account ending in 0882 before wiring it to the escrow agent.”
The new details include a signed letter, dated Dec. 10, 2020, Marilyn Mosby sent to a mortgage company before she bought the Long Boat Key home. In it, she says she had been at her Kissimmee home “for the past 70 days.”
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) March 10, 2022
The indictment goes on to state that Mosby submitted the false gift letter in order to obtain a lower interest rate than if she would have waited for her next paycheck.
According to WBAL TV, Mosby’s attorney has said that the federal government is:
“scraping the bottom of the barrel when federal dollars are being spent to investigate money transferred between a husband and wife.”
WBAL also reports that Mosby’s attorney also called the new indictment “shameful” and claimed that prosecutors are “trying to shame Mosby three months before her election.”
Mosby’s defense team filed a motion to dismiss the charges in February 2022.
According to WBAL, prosecutors have until Friday March 11, to respond to that motion, and then the defense has until March 25 to respond. All motions are due by April 4.
A jury trial is set to commence May 2.
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Indicted Baltimore DA Mosby claims she’s being targeted (by black federal prosecutor) because she’s black
Originally published January 15, 2022
The editorial comments in this article are the opinions of the writer.
BALTIMORE, MD- When all fails, pull out the race card. Such is the case of Baltimore district attorney Marilyn Mosby, who was indicted on federal charges related to lying about being adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic where she borrowed money on her pension fund.
At a Friday news conference, Mosby professed her innocence, instead claiming that she is a victim of a retaliation campaign for her stance on criminal justice reform and her ill-fated charging of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddy Gray back in 2015.
“I am innocent of the charges that have been levied against me, and I intend to fight with every ounce of energy within my being to prove my innocence and to clear my name,” Mosby said in a prepared statement.
She refused to take questions from reporters.
In a tweet from Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun, he said Mosby nearly broke down as she described “obstacles she has faced.”
“I will fight these charges with everything I have in me, and I will be victorious…No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I’m built for this, and I will not be distracted from doing my job.”
Mosby nearly breaks down describing obstacles she has faced. "I will fight these charges with everything I have in me, and I will be victorious. … No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I'm built for this, and I will not be distracted from doing my job."
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 14, 2022
The charging documents, which were unsealed Thursday, accuse Mosby of withdrawing substantial sums of money from her city retirement account in 2020 not once, but twice.
The money was withdrawn under a Cares Act provision meant for people struggling financially in the pandemic, despite the fact Mosby suffered no such hardship, and in fact received an increase in pay.
The funds were used for a down payment on two rental properties, one in Kissimmee, Florida and the other in Longboat Key, also in Florida.
The documents reveal that Mosby was dishonest on loan applications for the two properties, failing to disclose she and her husband owed significant sums in unpaid federal taxes, while also violating the terms of a “second home rider” she signed whereby she hired a management company to rent out the Kissimmee property, the Post said.
After the charges against Mosby were announced, here attorney, A. Scott Bolden called the accusations “bogus” and “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”
The “racial animus” charge seems absurd, given the fact that Mosby’s charges were brought by a black U.S. attorney who was appointed by Joe Biden.
In a tweet, Fenton of The Baltimore Sun noted that Erek Barron, the U.S. attorney “was a Democratic elected official in the General Assembly who worked with Mosby and is also the first Black Maryland US Attorney in the office’s 23-year history.”
Notably, the current US Attorney whose name appears on her indictment, Erek Barron, is a Biden appointee who was a Democratic elected official in the General Assembly who worked with Mosby and is also the first Black Maryland US Attorney in the office’s 230-year history
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 14, 2022
In Mosby’s Friday statement, she said she thought it important that Baltimore residents hear from her directly.
“I am here before you today to state unequivocally that I am innocent,” she said.
“…I wanted the people from Baltimore to hear it from me: I’ve done nothing wrong. I did not defraud anyone to take my money from my retirement savings, and I did not lie on any mortgage application.”
The federal investigation came after a seven month inquiry, The Post said, by the city’s inspector general, who was looking into Mosby’s travel, personal businesses and gifts, a report which was released last February.
Mosby is among a number of far-left idealogues put into office with the assistance of billionaire George Soros’s deep pockets. Her claim to “fame” was the indictment of six Baltimore officers in the Gray death, a black man who died in Baltimore police custody.
Mosby was believed by many to have charged the officers to make a name for herself, and came after unrest in Baltimore after Gray’s death. Some believed she did so in order to calm tensions in the city.
However Mosby ended up with egg on her face after all of the officers either were exonerated or had their charges dismissed. That led to further criticism of Mosby, with some criticizing her for prosecutorial overreach.
Mosby took Friday’s statement as an opportunity to pat herself on the back.
“As a black woman, a lawyer, a wife and a mother looking to serve my community, I sought elected office because I knew that there was so much more we could be doing to bridge the divide between the criminal justice system and the communities that we are entrusted to serve,” she said.
Mosby further claimed her decision to charge the Baltimore officers came against the advice of the U.S. attorney’s office (which appears to have been correct advice) and claims since that time she’s had “a target on my back,” The Post said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland said it had no comment on Mosby’s charges against the office.
Mosby claimed Friday she offered to prove her innocence against the charges, saying she could have presented exculpatory evidence to the grand jury; however the U.S. Attorney and lead prosecutor refused her request.
“Please don’t be fooled, we are now five months from my next election and this indictment is merely a political ploy by my political adversaries to unseat me,” Mosby said. “…I will never let that happen without a fight.”
In case you missed it, below is our prior report on Mosby’s indictment:
BALTIMORE, MD- Oh Marilyn…we hardly knew ye.
Marilyn is Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, whose previous claim to fame was indicting six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddy Gray back in 2015, has just fallen flat on her face, after a federal grand jury indicted her on federal charges of lying on loan applications, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Mosby, at once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party saw her indictments of the six Baltimore officers go up in flames, after all six officers were either acquitted or had their charges dropped.
It was widely believed Mosby charged the six officers to gain partisan political points to further her political ambitions.
Now, the insufferable Mosby finds herself in legal turmoil after she was indicted on four counts related to financial misdeeds.
One of the charges is related to a $40,000 withdrawal Mosby took from her city retirement account in May 2020, citing financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Sun said.
“Mosby had not experienced adverse financial consequences stemming from the coronavirus as a result of ‘being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off,’ or ‘having reduced work hours’ or ‘due to lack of childcare’ or ‘the closing or reduction of hours of a business I own or operate,’”—which were all prerequisites for receiving a loan from her account.
Mosby swore to the above under penalty of perjury, the indictment said. Moreover, not only had Mosby not lost any money that year, but her salary increased that year to $248,000.
Reuters said Mosby falsely cited a provision in the federal CARES Act which allowed for a one-time, pre-retirement emergency distribution from a retirement account of up to $100,000, however the guidelines said anyone claiming such a distribution had to meet one of the above requirements.
According to the indictment, Mosby, 41, lied in order to lower the interest rate on a vacation home she purchased in Kissimmee, Florida which she said was a second home.
However, she had already secured a property management company to utilize the property for rental income.
In addition, the indictment said that Mosby didn’t disclose that she had a federal tax lien when she purchased the home.
Mosby was elected as part of a so-called “progressive movement” of prosecutors, many of whom were elected on the deep pockets of far-left socialist George Soros.
She was originally elected in 2014 and was thrust into the national spotlight in 2015 when a black man, Freddy Gray, died while in custody of Baltimore PD officers.
Mosby was reelected to a four year term in 2018, and is running for reelection this year. The Sun reached out to Mosby and her attorney for comment, however received no response.
The investigation into Mosby and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, began around February of last year when the FBI issued subpoenas to the couple for records.
Those subpoenas were related to their political campaigns and outside businesses, and local churches were also targeted for records related to the Mosbys’ charitable giving, The Sun said.
The indictment doesn’t address anything related to the above, nor is Nick Mosby a subject of the investigation.
Last October, Marilyn Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden told The Sun that federal prosecutors were believed to be pursuing perjury charges against his client, however, would not provide further details.
He admitted that he was told the possible charges were related to her signature on a document.
“I say, what document?” Bolden said. “You can’t prosecute me for perjury, or that I lied about a document, without telling me what the document is. Without telling me what the lie is. That’s denial of due process. Every one of them, there were right in the room, refused to tell us what the lie was, what document they saw.”
Mosby is charged with two counts each of perjury and making a false statement. The perjury counts carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison each, while the false statement charges carry a maximum of 30 years for each count.
Given Mosby hasn’t been previously charged with a crime, any sentence should she be convicted would be much less severe.
In September 2020, Mosby purchased an eight-bedroom, 4,000 square foot property in Kissimmee, a town near the Disney World properties for the tidy sum of $545,000, and was using it as a rental property.
Less than six months later, she purchased a condominium on a barrier island on Longboat Key for $476,000.
Last November, Mosby sold the Kissimmee property for a profit of around 30 percent to a Baltimore County buyer.
In late 2020, The Sun reported that a $45,000 federal tax lien was placed against the Mosbys.
The embattled district attorney was also facing questions about a travel company she formed in 2019, and had evidently forgotten to disclose that on state ethics disclosures.
Mosby requested an investigation by the city’s Inspector General Isabel Cumming; however Mosby became incensed when Cumming didn’t clear her.
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