BOSTON -- Former Chelsea Housing Authority Executive Director and Dracut resident Michael McLaughlin has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of falsifying documents hiding his inflated salary from state and federal officials, according to a document filed in federal court.

"Defendant expressly and unequivocally admits that he committed the crimes charged in all counts of the information, did so knowingly and intentionally, and is in fact guilty of those offenses," federal prosecutors wrote in the document signed by McLaughlin and his attorney Thomas Hoopes.

McLaughlin, 67, has not yet pleaded guilty.

U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Christina Sterling DiIorio said a plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

The maximum penalties for each of the four counts against him include incarceration for a period of 20 years followed by supervised release for three years, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.

McLaughlin was charged in U.S. District Court on Jan. 23.

The filing from federal prosecutors outlining McLaughlin's agreement to plead guilty was dated Jan. 25 and signed by McLaughlin on Feb. 4.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said McLaughlin reported a salary of $151,945 in fiscal 2008, when his actual salary was at least $242,908.

The practice of under-reporting continued through 2011, where his actual salary climbed to $324,896, reporting that he made $160,415.


After a 2011 story in The Boston Globe revealed McLaughlin's practice of under-reporting his salary, McLaughlin resigned under pressure from Gov. Deval Patrick, who froze the agency's funding.

McLaughlin told newspaper at the time, he purposely underreported his salary because of "the rebel in me."

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