Michael E. McLaughlin, the former Chelsea Housing Authority executive director now serving a three-year federal prison sentence, is expected to plead guilty to additional corruption charges on Monday and be sentenced to an additional year in prison.
McLaughlin, 68, began serving his sentence in September after pleading guilty to filing false reports to state and federal regulators to conceal his inflated $360,000 annual salary for running the small housing agency.
In documents filed Friday in US District Court in Boston, McLaughlin indicated he will also plead guilty to charges he conspired to rig federal housing inspections of apartments operated by his authority so the agency would get high marks, even though the apartments overall were poorly maintained.
“The whole Mike McLaughlin saga has been disturbing and has hurt the people the housing authority is intended to serve,” said Thomas K. Standish, who became chairman of the Chelsea Housing Authority’s board of commissioners after McLaughlin was forced to resign in 2011.
“But at least this represents a cleansing that allows us to go forward with new safeguards and better management,” he said.
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