Manhunt for ex Maryland governor’s former top aide after court no-show

by mcardinal

The U.S. on Tuesday said it issued an arrest warrant and began a manhunt for Roy McGrath, the former top aide to an ex-Maryland governor, for not appearing in court to face charges of wire fraud and falsification of records.

In June 2020, McGrath was appointed Chief of Staff to former Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who served from 2015 to 2023. McGrath left the role later that year and was charged in 2021.

McGrath pleaded not guilty in October 2021 and was released on bond, but did not appear in court on Monday when his trial was due to begin, the U.S. Marshals Service said, adding it “has initiated an interstate fugitive investigation.”

McGrath’s attorney, Joseph Murtha, said that he had a “substantively productive conversation” with his client on Sunday and that he was supposed to meet him in front of the courthouse on Monday, but McGrath never showed up.

A ‘Wanted’ poster was issued with images of McGrath from 2021, saying he is being sought for “fraud, converts to own use property of another, theft in programs receiving federal funds, and falsification of records in federal investigations.”

Murtha said in an emailed response to a request for comment from Reuters:

“I am unaware of Roy McGrath’s whereabouts and share the concerns expressed by his family and friends about his well-being. I hope that Roy is safe and that we soon have an opportunity to speak with one another.”

Copyright 2023 Thomson/Reuters.