George Moses, the chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority who is facing charges in a fraud case along with Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden, appeared in court on Tuesday.
Moses was arraigned on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. McFadden is facing the same charges.
Federal prosecutors say Moses initiated a scheme that ultimately resulted in a company owned by McFadden getting thousands of dollars from the Rochester Housing Authority while not performing any work.
Moses is also accused of lying to the FBI about the scheme when questioned.
At court, Moses’ attorney Fred Hafetz denied the accusations against his client. “Mr. Moses has devoted his life to working for the community in Rochester. And we’re confident that he’s going to be vindicated at trial.”
Monday, McFadden announced he will not run for re-election to City Council.