Former Councilman McFadden pocketed cash from city children’s program

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden is facing up to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal wire fraud, and pocketing more than $130,000 from a local children’s organization.

In Wednesday’s plea deal, McFadden admitted that he benefited financially from the non-profit Quad A For Kids, a program designed to help kids in the city, funded by private donations and grants. McFadden was the executive director for Quad A For Kids.

Following the plea hearing, McFadden gave a brief statement, but would not answer questions.

On top of the potential federal prison sentence, McFadden will pay a fine up to $75,000.

McFadden, who used to represent the South District for city council, previously pleaded guilty in April to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Wednesday’s guilty plea is of the same charges, but in a different case of wire fraud.

The former city councilman was charged in February as part of a scheme involving then-Rochester Housing Authority chairman George Moses, where federal prosecutors said McFadden received money from the RHA, but did no work.

Prosecutors said McFadden received more than $65,000 in funds that had been sent through RHA’s partner organization Rochester Housing Charities and a consulting firm and ended up going to a company owned by McFadden.

Moses and McFadden were both charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.

After his arrest, McFadden said he would not run for re-election to the Rochester City Council. He has served the council since 2003. As a result of his guilty plea, McFadden was removed from office.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we continue to update this developing story.

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