- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - The former executive director of the Burlington Housing Authority has pleaded not guilty to using an agency credit card to pay for personal expenses, including dental work and her daughter’s wedding.

Maureen Lynch was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday to taking unwarranted privileges.

Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Lynch used the credit card up to its $20,000 limit.

Authorities say Lynch continued to use the card for personal expenses, including veterinary bills and her son’s education, even after being asked to stop.

Lynch’s lawyer called the situation “a mistake” and pointed out that his client is not charged with stealing any money.

Lynch became the housing authority’s executive director in July 2003.

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