James Cahill, former president of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, pleaded guilty this week to fraud and bribery charges. Cahill was one of 11 defendants to plead guilty to charges stemming from accepting cash and bribes- according to this week's announcement from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Cahill and eight other officials were indicted for racketeering, bribery and fraud in October 2020. The remainder were charged with bribery and fraud. Cahill and two others are facing 20 years in prison while the others are potentially facing up to five years each.
Over a two year period, from 2018 to 2020, the construction officials received illegal payments from an unnamed contractor. In return the contractor was awarded projects and union contracts. The officials also turned a blind eye to the contractor's use of non union workers while claiming they were union.
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