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Ex-Dartmouth selectman gets almost 6 years in prison

July 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A former Dartmouth selectman has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for embezzling almost $700,000 from his taxpayer-subsidized bus company to bankroll his farm.

John George, Jr., was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $688,000 in restitution to the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority

George was convicted in April after a jury trial of conspiracy and embezzlement.

Prosecutors say George had bus company employees work at his farm when they were supposed to be working for the transit company, and inflated his salary in an attempt to boost his pension.

George’s lawyer said he was disappointed that 185 letters testifying about George’s good character did not carry more weight with the court.

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