CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s former board president was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of theft in office.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Safford sentenced George Dixon to one year probation and ordered him to pay $132,000 in restitution.
In 2018, RTA’s Internal Audit Department discovered the fraud and turned their findings over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ohio auditor and the Ohio Ethics Commission.
A timeline shows from 1996 to 2001, human resources sent Dixon 17 notifications he was past due on his health insurance premiums.
Over the next 17 years, human resources continued to send him letters showing “balance owed,” but his health coverage continued.
Dixon resigned in March 2018 and pleaded guilty in December 2019.
He served on the RTA board for 24 years.