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Union boss pleads guilty to racketeering.

A union boss exploiting illegals?

A crooked labor leader pleaded guilty this afternoon to racketeering charges in a scam that betrayed his fellow union members by letting contractors hire illegal aliens to work off the books.

Michael Brennan, a former shop steward for Local 608 of the carpenters union, faces up to 87 months in the slammer under a plea deal in which he admitted pocketing bribes from On Par Contracting, whose owner, James Murray, is cooperating with authorities.

Brennan, 54, also admitted embezzling union funds and destroying documents subpoenaed by a court-appointed investigator probing years of corruption at the Carpenters Union District Council.

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