September 15, 2017
FTA Suspends Former President of a Massachusetts Transit Authority Operator
On September 15, 2017, FTA placed John George, Jr., in a status of indefinite suspension pending resolution of criminal charges against him. On April 13, 2017, George was charged with obstruction of justice in U.S. District Court, Boston, Massachusetts. The indictment alleged that he concealed approximately $2.5 million in cash and valuables from the U.S. District Court following his 2015 conviction and sentencing related to an embezzlement scheme at the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA), which serves 10 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts.
In July 2015, George was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $688,772 to SRTA and forfeit $1.38 million. However, this recent indictment alleges that he falsely reported to the court that he only possessed approximately $28,000 in cash. In late 2015 and early 2016, Federal authorities recovered more than $2.5 million in cash, as well as Rolex watches and jewelry that George had concealed in safe deposit boxes.
George’s previous debarment, which stemmed from the first conviction, expired on September 1, 2017.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find out whether a party is currently excluded.