April 18, 2023: Former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Obtaining Phone Records
FORMER BALTIMORE CITY ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR UNLAWFULLY OBTAINING PHONE RECORDS
Used the Information to Stalk Former Girlfriends and Their Friends
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced former Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Lane Chaudry, age 43, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to two years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for two counts of fraud in connection with obtaining confidential phone records. As part of his guilty plea, Chaudry admitted that he committed the crime to stalk his victims.
The sentence was announced by Erek L. Barron, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland; Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.
“Adam Chaudry egregiously abused his power,” said U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron. “We wield prosecutorial power for the public interest, not for personal interest. This office will tolerate nothing less. ”
“Prosecutors, like law enforcement, are expected to protect the innocent and hold accountable those who partake in criminal activities. For Chaudry to abuse his power and the trust of both law enforcement and the public for his own inappropriate purposes hinders the ability to carry out the mission and feeds public skepticism,” said Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “Today’s sentence is a message such exploitation will not mar the reputation of prosecutors and law enforcement who take pride and responsibility in maintaining law and order.”
According to the plea agreement, from June 2009 to June 18, 2021, Chaudry worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office (“BSAO”). From September 2015 until he left the BSAO, Chaudry worked in the BSAO’s Homicide Division. During his tenure in the office, Chaudry maintained an intimate relationship with two of the victims. At no time were any of the victims a witness or target of any criminal investigation or prosecution by the BSAO.
As detailed in the guilty plea, Chaudry fraudulently caused 65 grand jury and trial subpoenas to be sent to telecommunications companies in Florida and New Jersey requesting telephone records of the victims. Additionally, an investigator at BSAO provided Chaudry information that he previously requested, including a victim’s home address, MVA information, and driver’s license photograph. Chaudry then used this information, along with information from the fraudulent subpoenas, to get details about the victims’ hotel stays and other personal and private information.
U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI and the State Prosecutor’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean R. Delaney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah R. David, who prosecuted the case. For more information on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.