Maureen Lynch, Burlington Housing Authority, BHA, Burlington, Marian Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney

 September 2 2015

Former Housing Authority Exec. Director Maureen Lynch Pleads 'Not Guilty" to Credit Card Misuse

By: Rich Hosford

A former director of the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) pleaded “not guilty” to charges she used a work-issued credit card for personal expenses while in court on Wednesday. 

Maureen Lynch, 53, of Burlington, was arraigned in Woburn Superior Court on charges that she used her work credit card to pay for things like dental work, veterinary bills, expenses related to her son’s education and her daughter’s wedding, a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office states. 

Court documents state that in June of 2012 the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development notified Lynch that it was inappropriate for her to use the card for personal expenses. The Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General did an examination of BHA and found that a substantial number of charges were used after the time of the warning and that the credit card was maxed out to its limit of $20,000.


Lynch was released on personal recognizance after entering her plea. She will be back in court on Monday, September 28. 


After the arraignment her attorney, David Yannetti, said the situation was a “mistake.” He added that his client has not been charged with stealing money. 

She had been with the Burlington Housing Authority since 2003 before resigning last month. 


See the release from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announcing the arraignment

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