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Jailbird McLaughlin to get early release

Disgraced former assemblyman may be out of prison in 3 months

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

Corrupt Flushing politician Brian McLaughlin may get out of prison in three months after a federal judge last week reduced his prison sentence to six years, from the original 10-year term.

McLaughlin, who had served as assemblyman for the 25th District from 1993 to 2006, pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges, admitting he took more than $2 million from several sources, including a Little League baseball program, his own political campaign funds and the New York City Central Labor Council, where he had served as president for 10 years.

He acknowledged using the money to finance a lavish lifestyle with a second home on Long Island, a boat, membership at a country club and a number of mistresses.

McLaughlin, 61, is now serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Otisville, in upstate New York. But last week Federal District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan announced he was rewarding the former politician for cooperating with the government.

According to court papers, prosecutors said that McLaughlin’s help — by wearing wires and taping conversations — assisted the government in putting away state Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio of Ozone Park and David Rosen, CEO of the MediSys Health Network, which operates Flushing and Jamaica hospitals.

Sullivan also credited McLaughlin with working as a counselor in prison for drug addicts and alcoholics.

The disgraced politician has served almost five years of his sentence and it is expected he will get further time off for good behavior.

It has not been determined yet whether McLaughlin will have to go to a halfway house after being let out He will be on supervised release and under the scrutiny of probation for three years after his prison time is over. Probation will also be monitoring his employment situation as part of the supervised release.

Knowing he faced a racketeering charge, McLaughlin agreed to wear the wire and record talks with Seminerio in 2007, when it was learned that Seminerio was taking consultant’s fees from hospitals. The recordings showed that Seminerio had received nearly $1 million from various clients, including Rosen.

Kruger is serving a seven-year sentence, while Rosen was convicted of bribing Kruger and others and was sentenced to three years. Seminerio got a six-year sentence and died in prison in 2011.

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