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Sentencing Delayed For Former Chelsea Housing Authority Director

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Michael McLaughlin walks with his attorney Feb. 19, 2013.

Michael McLaughlin walks with his attorney Feb. 19, 2013.

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Sentencing of the former executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority on charges he tried to hide his inflated salary from state and federal authorities has been postponed.

Michael McLaughlin was expected to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Boston after pleading guilty earlier this year.

A judge postponed sentencing so he could investigate claims that McLaughlin ordered employees to destroy files.

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 reached about $360,000.

He faces from a year to 18 months in prison.

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