U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Boardman has issued an arrest warrant for Roy McGrath who previously served as the Chief of Staff for Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
The arrest warrant stems from McGrath’s failure to appear in Federal Court on Monday to face fraud and theft charges.
McGrath was supposed to meet up with his lawyer Joseph Murtha, outside the U.S. District Court in Baltimore at 8:45 a.m. but never arrived and proceeded to miss his court appearance altogether.
After McGrath didn’t show up to court, Sheriff’s deputies went to McGrath’s home in Naples, Florida but McGrath was not at the residence.
Law enforcement agents have now launched a manhunt for McGrath and as of now they have yet to find the former chief of staff.
MANHUNT: A manhunt is underway for Roy McGrath, the onetime chief of staff for former Maryland Go. Larry Hogan, after he failed to appear for his federal fraud trial in Baltimore and an arrest warrant was issued.https://t.co/Y0DcNBgZlv
— 7News DC (@7NewsDC) March 14, 2023
Per ABC 7 News:
A manhunt is underway for Roy McGrath, the onetime chief of staff for former Maryland Go. Larry Hogan, after McGrath failed to appear for his federal fraud trial in Baltimore that was scheduled to begin March 13 at 9 a.m. and an arrest warrant was issued.
McGrath lives in Florida and law enforcement agents in Collier County, Fl. conducted a welfare check at the McGrath home just before 10:30 a.m. but he was not there. Baltimore and Washington, D.C. agents with the U.S. Marshals Service are assisting in executing an arrest warrant.
McGrath resigned from Gov. Hogan’s office in 2020 after he was charged with wire fraud and securing a $233,648 severance payment.
The disgraced chief of staff also faces charges of embezzlement charges that are connected to over $170,000 in expenses.
Attorney Joseph Murtha is concerned for his client and told the press “We’re doing what we can to make sure Roy is safe and we see him soon.”
Still no sign of Roy McGrath, the Maryland official who was a no-show at his in federal court on criminal charges yesterday. His attorney Joseph Murtha responded to @wtop just now "Unfortunately we have no updates and no information regarding his whereabouts."
— Kate Ryan (@KateRyanWTOP) March 14, 2023