October 23, 2018 05:44 PM
The chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) board has been arrested and charged with lying to the FBI.
George Moses appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon.
The FBI says Moses lied during its investigation into contracts between Rochester housing charities and different businesses, one of which is connected to Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden.
The feds allege, at McFadden's urging, Moses arranged for a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm to be awarded a contract.
That firm then turned around and sub-contracted the work to McFadden's company.
"We're of course disappointed he's been charged here but we'll let the proceedings take their course," said Daniel Mastrella, defense attorney.
McFadden has not been charged. The U.S Attorney's Office tells News10NBC its investigation is still ongoing.
News10NBC reached out to McFadden on Tuesday. He said he had no comment.
In a statement, the RHA says it's surprised and dismayed by the charges brought against George Moses and it's cooperating fully with the federal investigation.
Defense Attorney for George Moses (seen here leaving court about 10 mins ago) tells me his client was being truthful while speaking with FBI about an investigation. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/TZAVTnYhOY— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) October 23, 2018
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Updated: October 23, 2018 05:44 PM
Created: October 23, 2018 11:13 AM
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