Previously Convicted State Representative Charged with Obstruction of Justice
BOSTON – John George, Jr., 70, was indicted today on one count of obstruction of justice in connection with concealing approximately $2.5 million in cash from the U.S. District Court following his sentencing proceedings in 2015.
In July 2015, George was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $688,772 and forfeiture of $1.38 million for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA). George, however, reported to the Court that he only possessed approximately $28,000 in cash. In late 2015 and early 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, working with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations, recovered more than $2.5 million in cash, as well as Rolex watches and jewelry that George had concealed in safe deposit boxes in New Bedford and Fairhaven.
The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Todd A. Damiani, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-CI; and U.S. Marshal John Gibbons for the District of Massachusetts made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Doreen Rachal of Weinreb’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service’s Asset Forfeiture Unit handled the criminal forfeiture. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin Chao and Ryan M. DiSantis of Weinreb’s Public Corruption Unit are prosecuting the criminal case.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.