Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Former Pittsburgh Council aide admits stealing city chain saws - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

A former Pittsburgh City Council staffer today was sentenced to five years on probation in the theft of 13 city-owned chain saws.

Matt Hogue, 28, of Elliott, pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft and a misdemeanor count of making a false police report. Allegheny County Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel ordered him to make restitution of $10,565.

Mr. Hogue could not be reached, but his attorney, David Shrager, said some of the chain saws may have been recovered. Police, who said Mr. Hogue had agreed to work with them to recover the equipment, could not be reached immediately.

Councilman Bruce Kraus fired Mr. Hogue, his constituent services manager for about two years, after city Controller Michael Lamb last spring questioned the purchase of the chain saws. Mr. Kraus said they were purchased at city expense without authorization.

In April, after Mr. Lamb questioned the purchase, Mr. Hogue contacted police to say the chain saws had been stolen from his home while he was out jogging. He tried to cast suspicion on a neighbor but later admitted to selling the chain saws himself, police said.

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