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Merrimack Valley

February 19, 2013

Ex-Methuen manager pleads guilty to federal charges

BOSTON (AP) — Michael McLaughlin, the former Methuen town manager and former director of the Chelsea Housing Authority, pleaded guilty today to four federal counts of falsely reporting his salary.

McLaughlin, 67, entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Court. Sentencing was scheduled for May 14.

He was charged last month with knowingly concealing his salary in annual housing authority budgets from 2008 to 2011 and submitting them to state and federal housing regulators.

Authorities allege that in the 2011 fiscal year, McLaughlin reported his annual salary as $160,415, when his actual salary was at least $283,471 and his total compensation was at least $324,896. He is also accused of falsely reporting his income in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

McLaughlin was Methuen town manager from 1990 to 1992. He resigned from the Chelsea Housing Authority in 2011.

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