BOSTON — The former executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority faces sentencing this week after admitting he deliberately hid his bloated salary from federal regulators.
Michael McLaughlin pleaded guilty in February. His case sparked a call for statewide reform of Massachusetts housing authorities.
McLaughlin admitted knowingly under-reporting his salary in annual housing authority budgets from 2008 to 2011 and submitting the false figures to state and federal regulators.
He resigned from his job in 2011 under pressure from Gov. Deval Patrick after The Boston Globe reported that his annual salary had topped $300,000.
Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, McLaughlin agreed to cooperate with investigators. The agreement did not name any other potential targets of the investigation.
McLaughlin is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.