A former Baltimore City assistant state’s attorney was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for using his prosecutorial powers to illegally dig up information on two ex-girlfriends.
Adam Lane Chaudry, 43, had earlier pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining confidential phone records as part of a longstanding scheme to trick city grand juries and dupe fellow prosecutors into issuing subpoenas so he could obtain information on former lovers he was stalking.
“Adam Chaudry egregiously abused his power,” Erek L. Barron, U.S. Attorney for Maryland, said today. “We wield prosecutorial power for the public interest, not for personal interest. This office will tolerate nothing less. ”
In May 2021, The Brew broke the story that Chaudry, who then worked in the prestigious homicide division under Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, was under investigation for misconduct and abuse of grand jury powers.
In November 2021, Chaudry was indicted on 88 counts by Maryland Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III, charged with using his law enforcement powers to spy, harass, stalk, extort money and falsely obtain records from six people, including the two women.
The case was later transferred to federal court where Chaudry pleaded guilty last December to the two felony counts, which carried a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
Threats and Coercion
As detailed in his guilty plea, Chaudry admitted to causing 65 grand jury and trial subpoenas to be fraudulently sent to cellular companies, requesting the phone records of his victims, between January 2019 and April 2021.
An investigator at the state’s attorney’s office additionally provided Chaudry one woman’s out-of-state address, motor vehicle license information and driver’s license photograph. Chaudry then used the information to build a spreadsheet that recorded the addresses, ages, phone numbers and Instagram accounts of her family, friends and co-workers.
“I’ll have my investigators run and check on [your boyfriend], indicating the State is investigating the matter in a criminal capacity,” Chaudry threatened one victim.
In another case, he used his subpoena powers to listen to jail calls between an ex-partner and an incarcerated relative.
Several of the victims pleaded with him to stop, but he persisted. “I’ll have my investigators run and check on [your boyfriend] . . . indicating the State is investigating the matter in a criminal capacity,” he wrote to one woman.
At no time, Barron said, were his victims the targets of a criminal investigation by the state’s attorney’s office.
In addition to serving two years in a minimum security prison starting in June, Chaudry was sentenced to three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett.
His law license was revoked in January.