U.S. Marshals seized more than $1 million in cash from safe deposit boxes belonging to former state Rep. John George, who was convicted this year on embezzlement charges, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
George, 68, was sentenced in July to six years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA), a taxpayer-subsidized bus service he operated through his company, Union Street Bus Co.
George was ordered to pay $688,772 in restitution and forfeit an additional $1.38 million to the federal government.
Following search and seizure warrants U.S. Marshals accessed safe deposit boxes in New Bedford and Fairhaven "filled to the brim" with rolled-up wads of $100- and $50-dollar bills.
George also had employees of the bis company work at a farm he owned called JG Farm, plowing, loading produce, and running a produce stand.
George gave himself a raise from $75,000 per year to $275,000 per year in order to inflate a pension from SRTA.