Friday, May 29, 2009
Liz's Concubine Gets 10 Years
Elizabeth Crowley's former "friend" was sentenced to 10 long years in prison. Brian McLaughlin is making the most of his time behind bars singing like a canary and setting up his former colleagues. What a guy!
Everyone is waiting to see if loverboy McLaughlin will be awarded conjugal visits.
Here is the Queens chronicle article:
Disgraced Politician Gets 10 Years In Jail
By Joseph Orovic
Former Assemblyman and discredited Labor Leader Brian McLaughlin was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison and fined $25,000 Wednesday.
The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in 2008, which included stealing $2.2 million in cash, getting free cars and taking money from a Little League Baseball organization financed by his own legislative member item funds.
According to published reports, Judge Richard Sullivan held back a sentence of 15 years because of McLaughlin’s cooperation with investigators into Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio’s (D-Richmond Hill) own corruption charges, as well as a case pending against Petrocelli Electric Company in Long Island City. Still, the reports indicated the judge held back little scorn when handing down his decision.
The sentencing marks the end of a political saga that began three years ago, when McLaughlin’s offices were raided by the FBI and pulled dozens of files and paperwork. Initial suspicions centered around his ties to two Queens electrical companies – Petrocelli and Welsbach – which maintain a large part of the City’s network of street and traffic lighting.
McLaughlin was indicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in 2006. He was accused of defrauding Local 3, receiving bribes and embezzling funds from a number of sources, including a local Little League.
Petrocelli Electric Company was raided by federal investigators in 2006 in connection to the McLaughlin probe, which began as a bid rigging investigation into contracts awarded to Petrocelli’s company.
Petrocelli and Welsbach Electric of College Point held a combined $160 million in city contracts at the time of the probe, far more than their competitors.
McLaughlin worked as a part-time representative for Local 3 and served as president of the City’s Central Labor Council before his indictment in 2006.
The seven-term assemblyman announced he would not seek reelection just weeks before the probe began.
McLaughlin is also believed to have flipped on another associate during the course of the investigation, according to published reports. Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Glendale) was indicted in December after McLaughlin reportedly wore a wire to gather incriminating evidence against his former colleague.
Posted by Patrick Henry at 9:13 AM