FBI ask for help locating Naples fugitive, reward rises to $20,000

Federal officials have offered up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of Roy McGrath, chief executive officer of the Maryland Environmental Service and Naples resident. In this file photo, he speaks during a news conference at the State House in Annapolis, Md., on April 15, 2020.  McGrath failed to appear in court as his trial on federal fraud charges was set to begin.

The search for clues around the whereabouts of a Naples fugitive has reached new grounds, leading federal investigators to ask for the public's assistance and a reward of up to $20,000, officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Marshals and the FBI are offering a combined reward for information leading to the arrest of Roy C. McGrath, 53, of Naples. He is the Maryland governor’s former chief of staff and faces felony charges.

The U.S. Marshal's Office said McGrath used his position in state government to steal thousands of taxpayer funds, awarding himself a severance payout of $230,000 when he left his position as executive director of a state environmental services agency to become the governor’s chief of staff, and forged documents to make the payout appear as if the governor approved it.

McGrath failed to appear in Baltimore for trial on March 13. McGrath is a fugitive and considered an international flight risk, officials said in a press release.

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On Oct. 5, 2021, McGrath was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

During his October 2021 court appearance, McGrath entered a plea of not guilty and was released pretrial on the condition that he appear at all scheduled court dates.

On June 28, 2022, a superseding indictment charged McGrath with destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations.

McGrath is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News Reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at TRodriguez@gannett.com or 772-333-5501. Connect with him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltran, Instagram @tomasfrobeltran and Facebook @tomasrodrigueznews.

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