Michael McLaughlin, disgraced Chelsea Housing Authority director, seeks federal prison term reduction

Boston-02/19/13 Former Chelsea housing head Michael McLaughlin leaves Moakley Federal Court after a hearing there. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)
McLaughlin leaving a federal court hearing in February after a hearing there
John Tlumack/Globe Staff

Michael E. McLaughlin, the disgraced former head of the Chelsea Housing Authority, is seeking a reduction in his 3-year federal prison term for repeatedly lying about his income to government regulators.

His lawyer, Thomas M. Hoopes, filed a one-sentence notice of appeal today in US District Court in Boston. McLaughlin had pleaded guilty in July. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston will consider the appeal.

Hoopes declined to comment today, and a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz could not be reached.

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The filing came a day after Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced that McLaughlin was facing state charges. The attorney general’s office said McLaughlin had been indicted on state charges alleging that, as a public employee, he unlawfully solicited funds for election campaigns, including that of former Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

His arraignment in that case is slated for Sept. 5. Eight days later, he is scheduled to report to federal prison.