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John George Indicted on Obstruction of Justice Charge

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz
Cash found in John George, Jr.’s safe deposit boxes – File Photo/U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz

BOSTON – A former state representative and Dartmouth Select Board member has been indicted on an obstruction of justice charge.

John George, Jr., was indicted in connection with concealing approximately $2.5 million in cash from the U.S. District Court.

In 2015, George was sentenced to 70 months in prison, and ordered to pay over $688,000 in restitution and forfeiture of $1.38 million for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority.

George told the U.S. District Court that he only had about $28,000 in cash, but officials soon uncovered more than $2.5 million in cash stashed throughout different safe deposit boxes in banks in New Bedford and Fairhaven.

The obstruction of justice charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

George is 70 years old.

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