Woman pleads guilty to extorting Yankees GM Brian Cashman

NEW YORK (AP) A woman charged with shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has pleaded guilty to extortion, perjury and criminal impersonation.

Louise Neathway entered a type of guilty plea Wednesday that acknowledges sufficient evidence for conviction but doesn't admit guilt. She was sentenced to five years' probation.

Her lawyer, Kevin Marino, said her goal was ''putting this unfortunate matter behind her.''

Through spokesman Chris Giglio (JEE'-lee-oh), Cashman declined to comment Thursday.

The 39-year-old Neathway is also called Louise Meanwell. She was charged in 2012 with harassing Cashman and extorting $6,000 by threatening to damage his reputation.

She said the two had a consensual affair. Cashman was then married.

The case expanded to other allegations against Neathway. They included housing fraud charges on which she was convicted this summer.

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