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Roy McGrath: Ex-Hogan chief of staff dies after confrontation with FBI, attorneys say


Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s one-time chief of staff Roy McGrath has died after a nationwide manhunt for him ended Monday in a confrontation with the FBI in Knoxville, Tennessee, in accordance with McGrath’s lawyer.

“The FBI has confirmed that Roy succumbed to the accidents inflicted earlier within the night. It is a tragic ending to a few weeks of uncertainty,” Attorney Joseph Murtha informed CNN in an announcement. “I feel you will need to stress that Roy by no means waivered about his innocence.”

William Brennan, an lawyer for McGrath’s spouse, additionally confirmed McGrath died at a Tennessee hospital after “a confrontation with the FBI” and informed CNN that his consumer was “completely distraught.”

Neither lawyer was in a position to present any extra particulars as to the circumstances surrounding McGrath’s demise.

The FBI mentioned in an announcement earlier Monday that it was “reviewing an agent-involved capturing which occurred at roughly 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023. During the arrest the topic, Roy McGrath, sustained harm and was transported to the hospital.”

The bureau, the assertion mentioned, “takes all capturing incidents involving our brokers or process power members severely. In accordance with FBI coverage, the capturing incident is below investigation by the FBI’s Inspection Division.”

The bureau didn’t present any extra particulars on the arrest.

CNN beforehand reported that McGrath, who served as the highest aide to Hogan, a Republican, for just a few months through the summer season of 2020, confronted expenses associated to an alleged scheme to bilk Maryland out of greater than $276,000. McGrath pleaded not responsible to all the costs and was launched on bond, the US Marshals Service mentioned in an announcement final month.

An arrest warrant had been issued for him in March after he failed to look for his scheduled trial in Baltimore.

McGrath was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2021 on expenses that he defrauded the Maryland Environmental Service, a state-operated company the place he served as government director earlier than becoming a member of Hogan’s workplace, of a $233,647.23 severance cost by “falsely telling them that the Governor was conscious of and authorized the cost,” in accordance with the Justice Department.

The indictment additionally alleged that McGrath directed MES funds to an artwork museum for which he was a member of the board of administrators in order to keep away from paying for a pledge out of his personal pocket, defrauded MES to pay for a tuition expense of greater than $14,000 and falsified time sheets throughout two holidays.

McGrath was initially charged with wire fraud and embezzlement from a company receiving greater than $10,000 in federal advantages, and a superseding indictment returned in June 2022 additionally charged him with falsifying information. On the state stage, he confronted felony theft expenses and a violation of the state’s wiretap legislation, the Justice Department mentioned.

The FBI had supplied a $10,000 reward for info resulting in McGrath’s arrest.

This headline and story have been up to date with extra developments.

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