Former Gov. Larry Hogan Chief Of Staff On A Federal Manhunt

Former Gov. Larry Hogan Chief Of Staff On A Federal Manhunt

After failing to show up in court on Monday for the first day of his trial on wire fraud and embezzlement charges, Roy McGrath, formerly the chief of staff to former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, is the subject of a federal manhunt.

After a federal judge issued a warrant for McGrath’s arrest, the U.S. Marshals Service conducted an interstate fugitive search. McGrath’s face is plastered on a U.S. Marshals poster, which highlights charges against him for wire fraud, theft in programs receiving federal funds, and falsification of records in federal investigations.

According to a law enforcement source, the FBI visited McGrath’s Florida home on Tuesday morning while his family was present. The source claimed it would be challenging for him to escape due to his high profile and the widely distributed photos.

Before joining Hogan’s office as chief of staff in 2020, McGrath was due in federal court in Baltimore on charges relating to his time as director of the Maryland Environmental Service. According to the 2021 indictment against McGrath, he attempted to enrich himself personally by engineering a payment from the organization he shouldn’t have received while serving as both the agency’s executive director and the governor’s chief of staff.

McGrath is also accused of falsifying his time sheets while on vacation in Europe and of stealing money to pay for Harvard classes. According to court documents, McGrath resigned from Hogan’s office a few weeks after taking the chief of staff position because an investigation revealed he had been secretive about the $230,000 severance package he had received for leaving the quasi-government organization.

Alec MacGillis also tweeted about this news on his official Twitter account:

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Who Is Mcgrath, And Is He Guilty?

According to court documents, 53-year-old McGrath, residing in Naples, Florida, was scheduled to travel to Maryland for the trial. It’s possible Hogan could testify in the trial. From 2015 until earlier this year, he served as governor of Maryland; he has denied knowing about or approving McGrath’s severance payment.

McGrath has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His attorney, Joseph Murtha, said he doesn’t know where his client is.

“Unfortunately, I have no idea of Roys’s whereabouts,” Murtha said. “I hope he is safe, and we will soon have an opportunity to chat.”

Murtha said on Tuesday has yet to hear from his client. He confirmed McGrath’s wife spoke to police enforcement at the couple’s home in Naples, Florida. And he said she is cooperating with the investigation and has no idea of her husband’s whereabouts.

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