ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — George Moses, the former Chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority, was found guilty Tuesday on 28 criminal counts for his role in defrauding three local nonprofit organizations.
Moses was facing charges ranging from conspiracy, wire fraud, and identity theft to filing false tax returns, and could face decades in prison following his conviction. Prosecutors say the charges carry a maximum penalty of more than 200 years behind bars.
Moses was a board member of Rochester Housing Authority and was accused of defrauding that organization as well as Rochester Housing Charities, which helps provide housing for the elderly and disabled; an after-school learning program called Quad-A-For Kids; and the North East Area Development.
Prosecutors say Moses used grant money and RHC funds to buy a vehicle, a time share in Florida, a cruise, tickets to a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, health products, car repairs for his family’s vehicles, and multiple trips to Canada to visit his girlfriend. They say Moses also paid his credit cards with those funds, and had 17 family members on NEAD and/or RHC payrolls.
Former Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden was the executive director of Quad-A-For Kids. He was also accused of diverting state funds for his personal use through the scheme. McFadden pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in April of 2019.
Moses is accused of having the RHA board approve hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to Rochester Housing Charities. Prosecutors said McFadden received more than $65,000 in funds that had been sent through RHC and a consulting firm and ended up going to a company owned by McFadden. Moses was convicted on two charges of lying to the FBI about hiring McFadden.
Moses was also convicted on five counts of filing false tax returns from 2014 through 2018. Prosecutors say he took false deductions concerning his wife’s cleaning business, and falsely claimed childcare expenses.
Moses’ co-defendant, Janice White, was an executive secretary at RHA. She was accused of conspiring with Moses to bill RHC for heating and air conditioning services that were never provided. This was achieved through fake invoices totaling more than $87,000. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in June. Her sentencing is scheduled for January, 2022.
Following his conviction, Moses was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
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