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Indian American Man Faces Federal Charges for Threatening a Member of Congress from Maryland

Indian American Man Faces Federal Charges for Threatening a Member of Congress from Maryland

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  • Sidhartha Kumar Mathur, 34, was charged with one count of making threats against a federal official over “taking his vote away.”

A Maryland man is facing federal charges for threatening a Member of Congress from the state. Sidhartha Kumar Mathur, 34, of West Friendship, was charged on Dec. 23 with one count of making threats against a federal official. 

The Congressman is not identified in charging documents, but federal prosecutors said at a hearing on Dec. 23 that the congressman’s office asked that Mathur be detained pending trial. He was released instead, under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services on specific conditions, including that he not have any contact with the congressman, according to a Department of Justice press release.

As per the affidavit filed in court, Mathur left a threatening voicemail message at the Congressman’s Maryland office on Dec. 10. One of the messages said, “I am going to kill you if you mess with my vote…” 

On the same date, a message was submitted through the Congressman’s website conveying similar threatening statements. “You’re a [expletive] animal who deserves to be tortured and skinned alive,” the message read, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Police traced the message to an IP address, a numeric designation that identifies a computer’s location on the internet, of an account belonging to Mathur’s father at the same West Friendship home. 

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After speaking with Mathur on Dec. 11, the police told the Baltimore Sun that he acknowledged making the phone call and “may have taken his statements too far.” Police told the paper that Mathur said the threats were “conditional.”  He however denied sending the email, which was sent in the name of a person he knew. 

If convicted, Mathur could face up to 10 years in prison.

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