Friday, March 7, 2008

McLaughlin pleads guilty

McLaughlin pleads guilty to racketeering
Stephen Stirling, Times Ledger

Former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, a former labor leader who once had mayoral aspirations, pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and making false statements Friday in federal court in Manhattan.

According to the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District, McLaughlin, 55, signed a plea deal that will recommend he serve between eight and ten years in prison. Judge Richard Sullivan is not bound to the details of the plea deal, however, and will have the final say at McLaughlin's sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 12.

McLaughlin pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering and one count of making false statements on a loan application, according to the plea agreement. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for the racketeering charge, and another 20 years in prison for the false statements charge.

Mclaughlin was freed on $250,000 bail Friday.

McLaughlin was charged by federal investigators in 2006 with stealing more than $2 million from city unions, nonprofits, his own campaign committee and the Electchester Little League, according to an 186-page, 43-count indictment filed by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan.


Anonymous said...

At the risk of sounding like Candide or Polyanna..

The whole thing with McLaughlin, and the thing with mobsters in general, makes me wonder...

a) why do all this shit in the first place? You know you will be caught eventually and go to the clink.

b) why no moral center? Didn't his parents teach him anything?

Or maybe they did indeed teach him something.

Anonymous said...

Do you think he rolled over on anyone else?

For example: Gallagher, Katz, Weiner, Silver?

Keep alert.

Graci said...

There were witnesses when McLaughlin greased Gallagher's palms.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the rest of the "bricks"fall.

Mc Laughlin obviously ratted out
some of his confederates in this plea bargain deal.

Maybe C.M. Gallagher will soon be taking a tumble!

Bye, bye Brian....say hello to Bubba!

Now don't be jealous. You and Dennis can share him!

Anonymous said...

One down, about a dozen to go. McLaughlin is just the tip of the corrupt Queens political iceberg.

Vote all of them out!

Anonymous said...

Hey Elizabeth Crowley, care to comment on McLaughlin's guilty plea?

Anonymous said...

Did he have any dealings with the Huangs, I hope?

Anonymous said...

McLaughlin's going to give up Gallagher. Look for more stinky ink for the pink.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, Elizabeth, I'm coming to ya honey.

Anonymous said...

What a sordid bunch! Don't we deserve better?

Anonymous said...

Mc Laughlin's district office
was originally in a Tommy Huang built building
(next door to "Dunkin Donuts" on Northern Blvd).

He once called Huang, "Public enemy #1".

Does that now make Brian #2 (as in shit) ?