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Thursday, January 09, 2020 2:37 pm

Ex-transit agency board presidents gets probation for theft

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CLEVELAND – The former longtime president of the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's board of trustees received a year of probation Wednesday for failing to pay thousands of dollars in health care premiums to the agency.

George Dixon, 66, agreed as part of his sentencing in a Cleveland courtroom to reimburse the agency $132,000 in premiums that he failed to pay for more than eight years, cleveland.com reported.

Dixon served as RTA board president for 24 years before he resigned in March 2018 as the agency began investigating him. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft in office in December after reaching a deal with prosecutors last summer.

A message was left Wednesday with Dixon's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, who said in December that the plea deal included Dixon's agreement to cooperate with other ongoing investigations.

Cuyahoga County Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold in sentencing Dixon suspended a nine-month prison sentence that she said would be imposed if he violates terms of his probation. Prosecutors did not request that Dixon serve time in prison.


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