We’ve seen some dastardly deeds so far, but this next crook’s actions really tug on our heartstrings.
Queens Assemblyman Brian “Babe” McLaughlin stole $95,000 from a Queens Little League. Instead of our tax money going to pay for kids’ gloves, bats, and baseballs, it went towards his rent.
He also stole from unions, state government, and wherever else he could, according to a 43-count indictment the federal government prepared in 2006. Altogether, the seven-term Assemblymember and union leader was accused of taking more than $3 million in illegal proceeds.
Prosecutors described how Babe McLaughlin created two no-show Assembly jobs and collected state funds for it. He also collected payment for no-show jobs at the New York City Central Labor Council, which he led. Babe McLaughlin falsified E-ZPass records so that he could collect higher per-diem payments, by claiming he had worked longer hours in Albany. To top it all off, he also collected $330,000 illegally from his reelection committee.
At the time of his indictment, Babe McLaughlin had been in office since 1993 and headed the Labor Council. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
He tried to steal second base and got thrown out.