Former City Council aide pleads guilty, gets 5 years’ probation for chain saw theft
An Allegheny County judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Pittsburgh City Council aide to five years of probation for using taxpayer money to buy $10,000 worth of chain saws and then filing a false report saying they were stolen.
Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel sentenced Matthew Hogue, 28, of Elliott, a former constituent services director for Councilman Bruce Kraus, for theft and filing false police reports. McDaniel also ordered Hogue to pay $10,565 in restitution.
Hogue pleaded guilty to the charges.
Hogue declined comment and referred calls to his attorney, David S. Shrager, who was not available.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, said he could not comment on the case.
Police said Hogue bought 13 commercial-grade Husqvarna chain saws on March 9 from Jefferson Hills Lawn Equipment in Jefferson Hills and on April 18 filed a police report stating that someone burglarized his home and took the saws the night before.
Kraus said he did not authorize the purchase.
Hogue told police he went jogging and left his basement door open. Police found no evidence of forced entry.
Police arrested Hogue on May 4.
Police said Hogue initially blamed the missing chain saws on a neighbor before admitting to buying them.