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Ex-Chelsea housing chief gets three years

A US District Court judge sentenced Michael E. McLaughlin to three years in federal prison Wednesday, saying the former executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority picked the pockets of public housing tenants to enrich himself and make sure he received a “supercharged” pension when he retired.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Douglas P. Woodlock set aside the recommendation of prosecutors, who had sought an 18-month sentence. McLaughlin’s lawyer, Thomas M. Hoopes, asked for probation.

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