City council ex-staffer pleads guilty to theft
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A former Pittsburgh City Council staffer pleaded guilty Wednesday in the theft of 13 city-owned chain saws that he claimed had been stolen from his home.
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 sentenced him to five years probation and ordered him to make $10,565 in restitution.
Police spokesman Diane Richard said Mr. Hogue told detectives that he had sold some the the chain saws in Ohio. Six or seven of the chain saws were recovered in his home, she added.
Councilman Bruce Kraus fired Mr. Hogue, his constituent services manager for about two years, after city Controller Michael Lamb's office questioned the purchase of the chain saws. Mr. Kraus said the equipment was purchased without his permission.
First Published August 23, 2012 12:00 am