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Former PG Liquor Board member pleads guilty

Greenbelt, MD – Anuj Sud, 39 of Hyattsville, (pictured, right) pleaded guilty Friday, Dec. 15 on charges related to bribery in which he solicited and accepted bribes in the performance of his official duties on the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners (“Liquor Board”).

The plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Thomas Jankowski of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; and Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Sud was a Liquor Board Commissioner from 2015 until early 2017, and has been a licensed attorney in Maryland since 2005, with offices in College Park. According to court documents, in July 2015, Sud traveled to Washington, D.C., in order to hold a meeting at which he intended to establish a future bribery relationship.  Thereafter, in September 2015, Sud solicited bribes from an individual who had been present at the July 2015 meeting, in exchange for Sud’s assistance with liquor board matters. At a subsequent meeting, Sud and the individual discussed Sud voting favorably in two upcoming hearings concerning the individual’s clients, in exchange for money.  The individual advised that the hearings would take place on December 2 and December 15, 2015. At each of the hearings, Sud took favorable action on behalf of the individual’s client.  Following each hearing, the individual met with Sud and gave Sud $1,000 cash for Sud’s assistance.  Similarly, on November 30, 2016, Sud received a $1,000 bribe payment in exchange for taking favorable action on behalf of the individual’s client.

Sud faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. before Judge Paula Xinis in Greenbelt.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI, IRS-CI, and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas P. Windom and Menaka S. Kalaskar, who are prosecuting the case.

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