Feds launch manhunt for former chief of staff for former Maryland Gov. Hogan

On Tuesday, federal authorities launched a manhunt for former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff after he failed to appear in court in connection with a string of fraud and other allegations.

United States Marshals Service tweeted that he launched an interstate investigation into fleeing Roy McGrath and that his Baltimore office is “now trying to apprehend a top aide to the former Maryland governor” after he was not in Maryland federal court on Monday.

An arrest warrant was also issued, the bailiffs added.

The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the manhunt.

According to court documents, McGrath is charged with wire fraud, theft from programs that receive federal funds, and falsifying federal investigation records in connection with an indictment that says he defrauded the Maryland State Environmental Service.

McGrath’s lawyer, Joseph Murtha, said in an email that he was unsure of his client’s whereabouts after he failed to show up at 9 a.m. Monday for arraignment and jury selection for a trial before U.S. District Judge Deborah L. Boardman.

“Unfortunately, I have no further information on Mr. McGrath at this time,” Murtha wrote. “I hope he is safe and that we will have the opportunity to talk to each other in the near future.”

McGrath, who lives in Florida and has pleaded not guilty to all charges, has been released on bail provided he promises to appear in court as required and serve any sentence handed down since his October 2021 appearance.

According to the indictment, from March 2019 to December 2020, McGrath used his position with the Maryland Environmental Service to enrich himself through fraudulent payments. The Agency operates as an independent government organization providing waste management and other services to local governments, federal governments and the private sector.

Prosecutors also charged McGrath, 53, with illegally recording private conversations with senior government officials and falsifying his time sheets to claim he was at work twice while on vacation in 2019.

McGrath first joined Hogan’s office as Deputy Chief of Staff in 2015. Hogan, a Republican, appointed him to lead the Maryland Environmental Service in December 2016.

McGrath briefly returned to the governor’s office to become Hogan’s chief of staff in June 2020. He resigned a few months later as he faced backlash for receiving over $230,000 in “severance pay” for his work with the Maryland Environmental Service before he took over his role. Hogan’s chief assistant.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com.

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