Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff Roy McGrath is now considered a fugitive by the U.S. Marshall Service after he failed to appear in federal court on Monday for the start of his criminal trial on fraud charges, Pamela Wood and Tim Prudente report for the Baltimore Banner. Law enforcement has begun a manhunt for McGrath, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
What are the details of the charges against McGrath?
Authorities filed charges against McGrath in the fall of 2021. These included wire fraud, theft, and falsifying documents, for which he pleaded not guilty in the trial set to begin earlier this week. McGrath allegedly misled the Maryland Environmental Service’s board of directors about Hogan’s support for his generous severance package from the government agency and created a false memo to support his claims.
The federal indictment also charges McGrath with allegedly falsifying time cards to show he was working when he was on vacation, taking $15,000 from the Maryland Environmental Service for a personal donation to an art museum on the Eastern Shore, and directing another agency employee to use $15,000 to pay for a course they took at Harvard.
Anything else I should know?
McGrath is also set to begin trial in Anne Arundel County this summer on charges of misconduct in office and wiretapping. McGrath allegedly recorded conversations with other government officials, including Hogan, without their consent.
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