Roy McGrath: Former Hogan chief dead after standoff with FBI, prosecutors say

(CNN) A nationwide manhunt for Roy McGrath, a onetime chief of staff to former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, ended Monday in a standoff with the FBI in Knoxville, Tennessee, McGrath’s lawyer said.

“The FBI has confirmed that Roy died of his injuries this evening. This is a tragic end to three weeks of uncertainty,” attorney Joseph Murtha said in a statement to CNN. “I think it’s important to emphasize that Roy has never given up on his innocence.”

McGrath’s wife’s attorney, William Brennan, also confirmed that McGrath died at a Tennessee hospital after a “standoff with the FBI” and told CNN his client was “absolutely distraught.”

Neither prosecutor could provide any additional details about the circumstances surrounding McGrath’s death.

The FBI said in a statement earlier Monday that it was “reviewing an agent-involved shooting on Monday, April 3, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. While under arrest, Roy McGrath was injured and transported to a hospital.”

The bureau, the statement said, “takes all shootings involving our agents or task force members seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, shootings remain under investigation by the FBI’s investigative division.”

The bureau did not release further details about the arrestee.

CNN previously reported McGrath, who served as a top aide to Hogan, a Republican, for a few months in the summer of 2020, faces charges related to a scheme to collect more than $276,000 in money in Maryland. McGrath pleaded guilty to all charges and was released on bond, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement last month.

An arrest warrant was issued for him in March after he failed to appear for a scheduled hearing in Baltimore.

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McGrath was indicted by a federal grand jury In October 2021 He is accused of defrauding the Maryland Environmental Services Agency, where he served as executive director before joining Hogan’s office, out of $233,647.23 in severance payments by “falsely claiming the governor knew and approved the payment.” Department of Justice.

McGrath allegedly diverted MES funds to an art museum where he was a member of the board of directors to avoid paying the mortgage out of his own pocket, and defrauded MES of more than $14,000 in education expenses. and incorrect timesheets on two holidays.

McGrath was initially charged with wire fraud and receiving more than $10,000 in federal benefits from an organization, and a Allegation of trespass He returned in June 2022 and was accused of falsifying records. At the state level, he faced felony theft charges and the Justice Department said he violated the state’s wiretap law.

The FBI offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to McGrath’s arrest.

This topic and story has been updated with additional improvements.

CNN’s Shawna Mizell contributed to this report.

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