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Maryland governor’s former chief of staff indicted for fraud

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) former chief of workers was indicted on Tuesday on prices he defrauded the state company he beforehand led into giving him a severance package deal of greater than $233,000, amongst different allegations.

Along with the severance pay that was equal to a yr’s wage, prosecutors allege Roy McGrath additionally used cash from the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to make a private pledge to a museum and to finance tuition bills for a course he took after leaving the company, in accordance with a press release from the Division of Justice (DOJ). 

The indictment accuses McGrath of telling the MES board of administrators that the governor was conscious of and agreed to the package deal. When Hogan discovered concerning the package deal and requested McGrath about it, the previous chief of workers mentioned the package deal was consistent with the board’s typical follow, in accordance with the DOJ. 

McGrath additionally tried to delete any report of discussions about his severance pay from the MES board assembly’s public minutes, the DOJ mentioned.

Other than the allegations of economic fraud, McGrath additionally faces prices associated to recording his conversations with senior state officers with out their permission on the MES and within the governor’s workplace. 

“Our federal and state legislation enforcement group in Maryland will at all times maintain accountable public officers who betray the general public belief for his or her private achieve,” appearing U.S. Legal professional Jonathan F. Lenzner mentioned in an announcement. “Maryland residents ought to at all times demand honesty and integrity from these in authorities, and hopefully this indictment gives the general public some degree of confidence that we’re dedicated to prosecuting those that violate that belief.” 

McGrath left the MES in Might 2020 after serving as its government director for almost 4 years. He then started working within the governor’s workplace. After only a few months as chief of workers, McGrath resigned after his alleged misuse of MES funds was made public, The Associated Press reported. 

If convicted, McGrath may resist 20 years in federal jail for every of the 4 counts of wire fraud that he faces. He may additionally rise up to 10 years for every of his two counts of embezzling cash.

The Hill has reached out to McGrath’s lawyer for remark. 

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/575458-maryland-governors-former-chief-of-staff-indicted-for-fraud | Maryland governor’s former chief of workers indicted for fraud

Huynh Nguyen

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