Former GOP Governor’s Chief of Staff Indicted on Fraud Charges

The former chief of staff for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland was indicted Tuesday afternoon on federal and state fraud charges.

Roy McGrath, who served as Hogan’s chief of staff for just over two months in 2020, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of “fraudulently obtaining funds” from his former job with the Maryland Environmental Service and illegally recording conversations with senior Maryland state officials, according to a press release issued by Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard.

McGrath, 52, “fraudulently obtained” more than $276,731 from MES, roughly a year’s worth of salary, as a severance package, the prosecutor’s office said. MES funds were also used by McGrath to pay a personal pledge to a museum and to pay the tuition for a class he took after he left his job with the company, according to the press release.

“According to this indictment, Roy McGrath misappropriated public money for his own benefit. From personal travel to even obtaining a certificate from one of the most prestigious universities in the nation, McGrath’s alleged actions were self-serving and ultimately self-sabotaging,” Thomas Sobocinski, the special agent in charge for the FBI Baltimore Field Office, said in the press release.

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