- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2008

ANNAPOLIS| Federal prosecutors are seeking computer files and documents from state Sen. Ulysses Currie, Prince George’s Democrat, and the committee of which he is the chairman, according to a sweeping subpoena made public yesterday.

The U.S. attorney’s office sent the subpoena to Karl Aro, the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, which conducts administrative and technological support to members of the Maryland General Assembly.

“We’re looking at what they’re asking for and working with our attorney,” Mr. Aro said. “And we’ll cooperate with authorities.”

The subpoena seeks “all documents relating to the office of Senator Ulysses Currie,” including legislative activities, notes, agendas, correspondence, e-mails, telephone directories, financial records and a long list of other documents related to his activities.

Federal prosecutors want “all computers and electronic hardware, and all computer files or electronic files, used by Senator Currie or his staff.”

The subpoena also seeks “all documents contained within the offices of: the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, its subcommittees, the committees staff, or the subcommittees staff.”

The subpoena orders Mr. Aro to appear June 11 before a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore or to send the requested documents to the FBI in lieu of personal appearance.

Richard Wolf, a spokesman for the FBI’s Baltimore field office, declined to comment on the subpoena.

Mr. Currie, 70, is chairman of the committee that directs spending of the state’s $32 billion budget. He is a former teacher who was elected to the state Senate in 1994, after serving eight years in the state House.

Details of the subpoena were made public four days after FBI agents searched Mr. Currie’s District Heights home on the same day that they searched the headquarters of Shoppers Food Warehouse, for whom Mr. Currie works as a consultant.

Mr. Currie had not divulged his work as a consultant for the grocery store in any of his financial disclosure statements to the State Ethics Commission.

Mr. Currie has said he does not know what the investigation is about and has referred questions to his attorney, Dale Kelberman, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

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