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Ex-members of Teamsters local sentenced on extortion, racketeering

Two former members of Boston Teamsters Local 82 have been sentenced on charges of extortion and racketeering, officials said.

John Perry, 62, of Woburn, was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison, a $12,500 fine, and one year of supervised release, according to a statement from the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, 46, of Braintree, was sentenced Friday to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Both were convicted of multiple felony counts after a seven-week trial, Ortiz’s office said. A restitution hearing will take place May 22.

Perry is the former secretary and treasurer of Local 82. Burhoe acted as Perry’s enforcer and was convicted of a prior felony, the US attorney’s office said.


Perry and Burhoe were convicted of extorting other union members of wages and benefits. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the United States Green Building Council were among the extortion victims, according to authorities.

Starting in 2007, Perry and Burhoe illegally generated money for themselves and families and friends, Ortiz’s office said. They extorted hotels, catering companies, nonprofit organizations, and others, who all had collective bargaining agreements with Local 82.

Just hours before an event occurred, Perry and Burhoe also threatened to picket and disrupt businesses if they did not comply with demands to supply paid jobs for themselves.