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Feds Indict Former Chelsea Housing Authority Head, 2 Others

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Michael McLaughlin entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court Feb. 19, 2013. (Sketch courtesy: Jane Collins)

Michael McLaughlin entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court Feb. 19, 2013. (Sketch courtesy: Jane Collins)

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BOSTON (AP) — A former Chelsea Housing Authority director serving a prison sentence for corruption has been indicted with two others for allegedly conspiring to rig federal public housing inspections.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Michael McLaughlin was indicted along with James H. Fitzpatrick of Acton, a former housing authority assistant director, and Bernard Morosco of Utica, N.Y., a federal inspector they hired as a consultant.

Prosecutors allege Morosco gave the officials advance notice which units would be inspected in 2007, 2009, and 2011, so they could be sure of qualifying for grants.

McLaughlin pleaded guilty this summer to concealing from federal authorities an inflated salary, which The Boston Globe has reported was $360,000 a year.

A message was left Tuesday for McLaughlin’s attorney. Telephone listings couldn’t be found for Fitzpatrick or Morosco. It’s not immediately known who is representing them.

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