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Ex-Chelsea housing chief faces new charges

Accused of rigging Chelsea inspections

Former Chelsea housing director Michael E. McLaughlin, already serving three years in prison for corruption, was indicted again Tuesday along with two others on charges of rigging federal inspections so that public housing in Chelsea would pass with high marks even though the apartments were poorly maintained.

A federal grand jury in Boston charged that McLaughlin, along with former assistant housing director James H. Fitzpatrick and consultant Bernard Morosco, conspired to defraud the federal government by rigging the inspections, charges that carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ probation.

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