Dartmouth town official convicted of embezzling
BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Dartmouth selectman on conspiracy and embezzlement charges.
Prosecutors said John George embezzled funds from his New Bedford-based bus company, which operated public buses and received taxpayer subsidies. The 68-year-old George was accused of using bus company employees to work at his produce farm.
The U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about two hours before finding George guilty on Thursday. He faces sentencing July 15.
George’s attorney, William Cintolo, told the Standard Times (http://bit.ly/1DatiMk ) after the verdict that the jury may have misunderstood some of the issues behind the charges.
Cintolo said his client may appeal.
George was also accused of inflating his salary to qualify for a higher pension.
Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com