Ex-Chelsea housing chief, McLaughlin, back in court
CHELSEA, Mass. (WHDH) -- Chelsea’s former housing director, Michael McLaughlin, was back in a Boston courtroom on Thursday answering to charges that he violated state campaign finance laws. McLaughlin is already in prison, serving time for lying about his salary.
The former Chelsea housing authority director was charged with illegally raising campaign contributions for former Lt. Gov Tim Murray. There was no direct talk about Murray in court on Thursday, but it was McLaughlin’s chance to answer the charges.
Michael McLaughlin is facing a dozen charges of illegally soliciting campaign contributions from public employees and on public grounds. McLaughlin is already facing three years in prison after pleading guilty to hiding his supersized salary. He is expected to start serving next Friday.
The big question is whether through an agreement in that case, or possible agreement in this case, if McLaughlin will be asked to testify against the former Lt. Governor who has now stepped down from office and taken a position with the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.