BALTIMORE, MD—Roy McGrath, a wanted fugitive who served as former Governor Larry Hogan’s Chief of Staff, died on Monday evening following a confrontation with the FBI in Tennessee, according to his lawyer.
He had been the subject of a three-week manhunt that began after McGrath failed to show up to federal court in Baltimore.
On October 5, 2021, McGrath was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for violations of 18 USC 1343 (wire fraud) and 18 USC 666 (theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds). During his October 2021 court appearance, McGrath entered a plea of not guilty on all charges and was released pre-trial on the condition that he appear at all scheduled court dates.
On June 28, 2022, a superseding indictment was returned charging McGrath with 18 USC 1519 (destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations).
McGrath’s trial was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 13, 2023 at the United States District Court in Baltimore. McGrath failed to appear for trial.
The FBI has been offering a $10,000 reward for information on McGrath’s whereabouts.
FBI officials say McGrath died following an “agency-involved shooting.” Additional details have not yet been released.