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US says funds paid for Michael McLaughlin’s trips

Alleged fraud may weigh on sentence

As Michael E. McLaughlin flew out of Boston Feb. 7, 2011, he left behind a city buried in snow and freezing temperatures. For the next five days, McLaughlin, then executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority, basked in sunny Miami, running up food and hotel bills of more than $2,400 along with his deputy and close friend, Linda Thibodeau.

Now, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is challenging the legitimacy of the Miami conference trip along with about $175,000 in expenditures McLaughlin and Thibodeau racked up between 2005 and November 2011, when McLaughlin was forced to resign after the size of his $360,000 annual salary was disclosed.

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