Category: Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin’s all-you-can-steal buffet: Part 1, laying the table

19 August, 2013 (21:11) | Boston, Chelsea, Corruption, Greater Boston Legal Services, HUD, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Those who say revenge is a dish best served cold have never experienced the satisfaction of a revenge microwave, such as that cooked up by Greater Boston Legal Services and Nixon Peabody, whose work on behalf of the abused and victimized residents of Chelsea Housing Authority properties is giving the judge […]

The How-to-Steal-Big Reference Manual

13 August, 2013 (09:00) | Chelsea, Corruption, Greater Boston Legal Services, Housing, HUD, Justice, Law, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Now that Michael McLaughlin has received at least his first sentence – details may be relished in stories from the Boston Herald (July 17, 2013) and Boston Globe (July 17, 2013) – I realized that my chronicle of Mr. McLaughlin’s depredations in my seven-part post How To Steal Big was incomplete, […]

Rats, roaches, and thievery

12 August, 2013 (11:32) | Apartments, Building Codes, Chelsea, Maintenance, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing |

By:David A. Smith   As Michael McLaughlin’s sentencing purgatory continues and he sheds his crocodile tears over the severity of his punishment, bear in mind that every penny he spent on himself, his probable mistress, his cronies, his political friends, and his lawyer – every penny of that comes from residents who have to live […]

Selective enforcement and the public slumlord: Part 3, the conflicts of interest

20 January, 2012 (11:27) | Chelsea, Corruption, Enforcement, Law, Massachusetts, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing, Regulation, Rental |

[Concluded from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. – George Orwell   Bad enough it is, as we saw in preceding parts, that the Chelsea Housing Authority as controlled by the deceitful and now-fired Michael McLaughlin used […]

Selective enforcement and the public slumlord: Part 2, the value of unenforced defaults

19 January, 2012 (10:11) | Chelsea, Corruption, Enforcement, Law, Massachusetts, Michael McLaughlin, Public housing, Regulation, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. – Niccolo Machiavelli   Self-interested reasons, that is   Yesterday we saw that under the leadership of overpaid duplicitous former director Michael McLaughlin, the Chelsea Housing Authority aggressively enforced against complaining residents while ignoring those […]