October 30, 2011
Chelsea Housing Authority director Michael E. McLaughlin is one of the highest paid public housing officials in the United States, making $360,383 a year. But he reports to state officials that he makes less than half as much.
Federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether federal officials or others helped former Chelsea housing chief Michael McLaughlin defraud the government, repeatedly telling him in advance about “surprise” apartment inspections so that his agency could pass with flying colors even though the buildings were poorly maintained.
State auditors did nothing about former Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael E. McLaughlin’s salary until the gap between his disclosed and true paychecks reached $200,000.
Michael E. McLaughlin could face little, if any, prison time under Tuesday’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Governor Deval Patrick is seeking to ensure that former Chelsea housing chief Michael McLaughlin does not retire with a record state pension.
Chelsea and the state are trying to fix the city’s housing authority while the work of unraveling what’s wrong with it is still going on.