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McFadden pleads guilty again: ‘I'm hoping that community will forgive me’

Berkeley Brean
Updated: October 09, 2019 08:59 PM
Created: October 09, 2019 06:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For the second time this year, the man who was the longest serving member of the Rochester City Council pleaded guilty to a crime that will send him to federal prison.

Adam McFadden admitted he siphoned more than $131,000 from a program that he was running that was supposed to help kids. 

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In a statement outside federal court, McFadden was contrite. In court, however, he admitted he took money that should have gone to children and used it to pay down his own debts.    

"I'll say for me, today was about getting back on with my life and my own personal journey," McFadden said. "I did something wrong and I'm owning up to the fact that I did something wrong."

Early Wednesday afternoon, McFadden signed a plea agreement in federal court which says that as he falsified, fabricated and lied on more than 60 invoices and receipts that allowed him to collect $131,163.00 while serving as executive director of Quad A for Kids, a group that helps 500 students at five Rochester schools.

The plea says the groups who paid were Quad A for Kids and its parent company Rochester Area Community Foundation. So it was government grants and charitable donations that went into McFadden's pocket. 

In a statement released to News10NBC, Rochester Area Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard wrote "We are deeply disappointed and saddened by Adam McFadden's abuse of our trust." 

Leonard says McFadden was fired as Quad A for Kids executive director last March. 

Click here for the full statement from Quad A for Kids.

In a letter to donors obtained by News10NBC, Leonard wrote "as donors to Quad A and/or the Community Foundation, you can be reassured that hundreds of children have benefited each year from Quad A's after-school programs, which last year alone served 500 children in five Rochester city schools. Your support has helped to make that success possible."

In his statement outside court, McFadden asked for forgiveness. 

"I live in a community that has faced challenges and tough times, and I'm hoping that community will forgive me, and that the folks I worked with will forgive me, and the people that I let down will forgive me," McFadden said. 

In April, McFadden pleaded guilty to operating a scheme that took money from the Rochester Housing Charities. He admitted to the same method of operation: bill for services that never happened, and then keep the money. 

By law, McFadden was immediately removed from Rochester City Council, a seat he was first elected to in 2003.

As part of the plea agreement, McFadden has to pay back every dollar he took and face 15 to 21 months in prison for each guilty plea. 

McFadden is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 12, 2020. 


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