Baltimore District Attorney Adam Lane Chaudry is accused of abusing his powers to go after ex-partners

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A former Baltimore prosecutor is charged with allegedly abusing his powers to obtain phone records, driver’s license photos and other information from former romantic partners and their friends as part of a stalking scheme, the US Attorney for Maryland said Friday.

Adam Lane Chaudry, 43, of Baltimore, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on 10 counts of fraud related to issuing subpoenas to obtain confidential documents, which he sometimes required as part of a “special investigation” by the City of Baltimore Circuit Court, said the US Attorney’s Office.

None of the five victims were witnesses or the target of an investigation by the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office said.

When reached by phone, Chaudry said he would give a reporter’s phone number to his attorney to respond to the allegations. The attorney, Patrick R. Seidel, did not call or respond to a request for comment as of Friday afternoon. The US Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

Chaudry, who served as an assistant district attorney in Baltimore between 2009 and June 2021, has dealt with murder cases for the past six years. Maryland court records show that he worked on hundreds of criminal cases during that time.

Chaudry is facing an additional 88 count indictment in Baltimore City District Court alleging charges including theft, misconduct of office, stalking, harassment and racketeering. Most of these charges, announced in November, relate to the same alleged conduct being addressed in the federal case.

The federal indictment alleges Chaudry was romantically involved with one victim between 2005 and 2018 and a second between 2017 and 2020. The other three alleged victims are friends of the first romantic partner and have worked with that person on a voluntary basis.

Between 2019 and 2021, Chaudry arranged for 33 subpoenas to be issued for the first romantic partner’s phone records and gained access to the data, according to the federal indictment. The indictment alleges the subpoenas did not include a case number and stated, “The information sought in this subpoena is relevant and essential to a legitimate law enforcement investigation.”

Similar language was used in his other summonses.

Chaudry also asked an investigator with the Baltimore Attorney’s Office to provide the first romantic partner’s home address, motor vehicle administration records and a driver’s license photograph, according to the federal indictment. The information has been provided.

While living with the second victim in 2019, Chaudry asked a prosecutor’s investigator to name a relative of the victim who federal charges say had spent time in a detention center in Maryland. Chaudry also reportedly requested — and received — the relative’s phone number and address.

Chaudry later ordered jail calls between the second love partner and the relative, as well as the relative’s jail visit logs, according to the federal indictment. Chaudry also allegedly requested 911 calls from the second romantic partner to prosecutors using his email address.

In addition, Chaudry sought information from a hotel about the whereabouts of the first romantic partner and his or her boyfriend using the email from the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office, according to the federal indictment. The hotel manager provided information about the stay of the first romantic partner.

Chaudry also issued numerous subpoenas for the phone records of the first romantic partner’s friends, according to the federal indictment. In all, Chaudry allegedly requested 65 subpoenas for phone taps.

Chaudry faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each case in the federal case. In connection with the stalking allegations, he faces a five-year extension per charge.

The Baltimore City Attorney’s Office did not respond to requests for comment.

No dates have been set for Chaudry in federal court. He is next scheduled to appear in state court on Oct. 4.

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