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    Teamster Sentenced for Reality TV Extortion Attempt
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    A Massachusetts Teamster has been sentenced to probation with home confinement and ordered to pay a fine and restitution after trying to extort a reality television production company.

    Mark Harrington, a 62-year-old member of Teamsters Local 25, pleaded guilty in November to one count of attempted extortion.

    Harrington was one of four Teamsters accused of intimidating the staff and crew of "Top Chef" while it was filmed in Boston. He, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross allegedly threatened to picket the Omni Parker House, where the show was scheduled to film, prompting the hotel to refuse to allow the crew to use the location for the show.

    The men were also accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton.

    Harrington was sentenced to two years of probation, including six months of home confinement. He must pay a $10,000 fine and $24,023 in restitution.

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