Board rules Baltimore board chairman broke ethics rules

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, left, speaks while standing next to her husband, Maryland Assemblyman Nick Mosby, during a ‘a viewing service for the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The Baltimore Ethics Committee ordered City Council Speaker Nick Mosby on Thursday, May 13, 2022, to stop accepting money from a legal defense fund that has received donations of at least two entrepreneurs from the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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The Baltimore Ethics Committee has ordered the city council president to stop accepting money from a legal defense fund that has received donations from at least two city contractors.

The ethics board also ruled Thursday that council chairman Nick Mosby violated the city’s ethics ordinance by indirectly soliciting the defense fund established for Mosby and his wife, the state’s attorney. , Marilyn Mosby, as they face a federal criminal investigation, reported The Baltimore Sun.

The council chairman does not face federal charges, but his wife is due to stand trial in September for making false statements on financial documents to withdraw money from her retirement savings and buy two vacation homes in Florida . Marilyn Mosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In August, the defense fund received $5,000, its largest individual contribution, from the “resident agent” of a company that was a contractor under a deal that the board of spending the city ​​considered in 2020, according to the ethics council. The fund also received a $100 donation from the CEO of a non-profit organization that received a grant from the city. Donors are not named, but the city’s ethics law prohibits elected officials from receiving contributions from such donors.

In a statement, Nick Mosby said he was “puzzled” by the findings and denied violating the city’s code of ethics. He said he had “proactively waived” any interest in the legal defense fund, had never received any money from it, and had “directed the trust to return the limited amount of funds received on my behalf” prior to the Board’s findings.

The fund has received $14,352 in donations as of March 15 from 135 donors, according to the ruling.

In a letter to council members and the mayor, the council said it had issued a notice of finding so that the council could take “appropriate action as required by the Ethics Act.”

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