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Rochester councilman pleads guilty in contracting scheme

April 2, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester city councilman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a contracting scheme.

Adam McFadden also admitted to tax cheating in his plea Monday in federal court. The Democrat told reporters “narcissism and ego got the best” of him.

He’s due for sentencing in June. Sentencing guidelines call for 12 to 18 months in prison.

McFadden’s plea immediately cost him the council seat he has held since 2003. The council will choose someone to finish his term.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy’s office says McFadden contrived with a now-defunct Washington consulting firm to get himself paid over $65,000 for grant-writing, research and other services that were never or barely provided to a housing nonprofit.

It’s the charitable arm of the Rochester Housing Authority, where McFadden was once interim executive director.