John George, Jr.'s conviction on federal charges is being met with mixed reaction from area residents.

Some callers to WBSM's Taylor Cormier Show expressed disbelief in George's guilt, saying he is a well-liked Dartmouth notable. "I find it so hard to believe, but on the other hand i guess it could happen. I feel real bad," one caller said.

Other callers reminded fellow listeners the crimes George is convicted of were not victimless, "You weren't hurt when your taxes went up? Or when the cost of a bus ride went up? Or when an employee of the Commonwealth or a private company was used and abused to do work on private property?"

George was found guilty of conspiracy and embezzlement stemming from his time as the head of the Union Street Bus Company.

George's sentencing begins July 15. The maximum penalty carries a 10 year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

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