John Lynch formally pleaded guilty today to a bribery charge related to $50,000 he acknowledges he received from a developer in 2017 to secure a Zoning Board of Appeal vote the developer needed so he could then sell his proposed H Street project to another builder.
Lynch also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to record the payments - and an additional $10,000 payment - from the developer on his federal taxes.
Lynch will be sentenced on Jan. 24. Federal prosecutors have said they will recommend prison time of between roughly 4 and 5 years.
Officials have not identified the developer, but the Globe has IDed him as Steven Turner. In May, 2017, the zoning board took two votes on whether to grant him an extension on the time he had to start construction of his 11-unit H Street proposal.
In the first hearing, the board rejected Turner's request after he failed to show up at the hearing. Only member Craig Galvin voted against denial. Two weeks later, though, the project showed up before the board again, this time with Turner present. Galving moved to grant an extension and the board voted to approve it unanimously.