BOSTON — George W. Cashman, the head of Local 25 of the Teamsters Union, pleaded guilty to extortion and embezzlement charges Friday and will face a two to three year prison sentence.
Cashman pleaded guilty to actions unrelated to the continuing grand jury investigation into accusations of extortion and intimidation of feature film and television productions in Massachusetts. Under the plea bargain, Cashman is required to cooperate with the grand jury investigation in return for no further charges being entered against him.
Head of the local for 11 years, Cashman confessed to shaking down an Ohio-based health care company. Local vice president William H. Carnes entered a guilty plea on related charges.
Under former governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, Cashman not only was a prominent member of junkets to Hollywood to drum up business for Massachusetts, but also gained some political power in his own right when he was appointed to the Massachusetts Port Authority.