Former Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael E. McLaughlin pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to four counts of deliberately concealing his inflated salary from state and federal regulators from 2008 until he was forced to resign in 2011.
McLaughlin, who has been criticized for allegedly building his own power and income at the expense of the poor people he was supposed to help, appeared late this morning in US District Court in Boston.
The disgraced official has entered into a plea agreement that calls for him to cooperate with federal investigators and help them prosecute others, potentially allowing him to avoid jail time. But the plea agreement, made public Friday, did not identify any other potential targets.
US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock today accepted McLaughlin’s plea. Sentencing was scheduled for May 14.
Boston Globe reports on his mammoth salary sparked outrage and investigations.
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