Former chairman and Housing Authority employee face new federal charges

Crime

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Rochester Housing Authority George Moses, who was already facing federal charges, is now facing more of them.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy announced Thursday that a federal grand jury has returned a 55-count indictment (full document below) charging 50-year-old Moses with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, federal program fraud, aggravated identify theft and filing false tax returns.

Just last month, Moses was charged in a 28-count indictment for making false statements to the FBI and wire fraud — charges which are included in this new indictment, according to federal officials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that according to the second superseding indictment, Moses is charged with various schemes to defraud the Rochester Housing Charities and a scheme to defraud Quad A for Kids and Rochester Housing Charities. 

“Mr. Moses used a variety of schemes unlawfully to divert public money to himself,” said Kennedy. “It is unfortunate he did not invest the same effort into his legitimate work on behalf of the public as apparently he did into the fraudulent schemes he used to enrich himself.”

The indictment is also charging 58-year-old Janis White with 13 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. 

White, who was the Executive Secretary for the Director of the RHA and the previous board secretary for the RHC, and Moses are charged with defrauding the RHC by causing the RHC to pay a company controlled by White for work that was never performed. 

The conspiracy, wire fraud, and obstruction charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory consecutive term of two years in prison.  The federal program fraud charges each carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  The tax charges each carry a carry a maximum of 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 11:00 before Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

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