Former RHA chairman, secretary plead not guilty in federal court

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Rochester Housing Authority Chairman George Moses was back in court Monday to be arraigned on new federal charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Last week, Moses was given a 55 count indictment — charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated theft and more.

Moses was already charged in a 28 count indictment last month.

Janis White, 58, also pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Both Moses and White are co-defendants in the indictment and would face charges in the same trial. White’s attorney is hoping the two are tried separately. He says Moses’ charges would prejudice a jury against her.

“This is very upsetting for Janis White, said Michael Tallon, White’s attorney. “Janis is a law abiding citizen of this community. She’s a person of faith. This is terrifying for her and I will be mounting a vigorous defense on her behalf. That’s why I say at this trial it’s my hope an expectation that justice be done. She is innocent of these charges.”

Moses’ lawyer is pushing for the same thing. Oral arguments for separate trails will be heard on December 20th. There are tentative trial dates. However, that could change if the motion to separate is not granted.

White is still an employee of the Rochester Housing Authority. The executive secretary is currently on administrative leave with pay.

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