DiPlatzi said through her attorney that McLaughlin’s treatment of her descended into “off-color and downright offensive sexual jokes and innuendoes. . . Repeated comments about my dress and appearance made my time at the Chelsea Housing Authority a living hell.”
It is unclear whether Murray would face legal consequences even if prosecutors can prove that McLaughlin ran an illegal political operation on his behalf. Murray aides have said that McLaughlin was one among many campaign volunteers, even though he spoke numerous times with Murray’s lead professional fund-raiser, according to phone records. Chelsea employees say McLaughlin acted as a host at several Murray fund-raisers that Murray attended.
Murray, who was questioned by federal and state investigators working on the McLaughlin probe in June, has declined to say what he was asked about because investigators requested that the discussion remain confidential. Murray’s attorney, former US attorney Donald Stern, was present for the interview, a rare questioning of a top state official in a criminal investigation.
Murray has said that he broke with McLaughlin after learning that McLaughlin had deliberately concealed his $360,000 paycheck from state regulators, reporting that his income was less than half that amout. McLaughlin made more money than perhaps any other public housing official in the United States in 2011, even though cellphone records show he worked only 15 full days in Chelsea all year.
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