U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York James Kennedy Jr. announced Tuesday that Rochester Housing Authority chairman George Moses was charged by criminal complaint with making false statements to FBI agents. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to U.S. Attorney, in the criminal complaint, Moses, as chairman of the board of the Rochester Housing Authority had the board appoint him as one of the three new board members of the Rochester Housing Charities and approve a loan by the RHA to the RHC in the amount of $300,000.
On July 7, 2015, RHC hired Capital Connection Partners for a one-year $87,500 agreement.
On July 8, 2015, CCP entered into agreement with Adam McFadden’s company Caesar Development LLC. As part of the agreement, McFadden’s company would receive 75 percent of funds CCP would receive from the RHC.
On Aug 3, 2015, RHC sends $43,750 to CCP.
On Aug 8, 2015, CCP pays $32,812 to Caesar Development, LLC
On Dec 23, 2015, RHC paid $43,750 to CCP.
On Dec 24, 2015, CCP paid $32,812 to Caesar Development.
U.S. Attorney Kennedy stated, “When he was asked how RHC learned of CCP, Mr. Moses falsely stated that he could not recall specifically who brought CCP to the attention of the Rochester Housing Charity. When in truth and in fact, Moses knew it was McFadden who brought the CCP both to his attention and to the attention of the RHC.”
Kennedy added Moses falsely stated he was unaware of any subcontractors at CCP being utilized to execute the RHC and CCP contract. Additionally, that Moses was “surprised” about the exchange of certain funds, while allegedly possessing knowledge of the exchanges.
Kennedy said they are limited as to what is in the criminal complaint and the investigation is ongoing.
At this time, McFadden hasn’t been charged with any criminally activity.
STATEMENT FROM THE ROCHESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY:
Today, the Rochester Housing Authority Board has named Tynise Edwards as Vice Chair, who will serve as Interim Board Chairperson during this investigation.
Rochester Housing Charities (RHC), formed in 2012, is an independently operated and managed tax exempt 501(c) (3) entity. RHC has a separate staff, board of directors, officers and business location from Rochester Housing Authority.
The entire team at RHA remains focused on our mission and continuing to serve more than 25,000 lower-income families, seniors and disabled residents and program participants in the five-county Greater Rochester area.”