Businessman Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Kickback Scandal

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(WNY News Now) – A Rochester Businessman has admitted to perjury by giving inconsistent statements regarding a kickback scheme involving George Moses, ex-chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority.

Rochester – Francis Cardinell, aged 77, from Penfield, NY, has pleaded guilty to perjury charges related to inconsistent statements about a kickback arrangement with George Moses, former chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority. Cardinell’s admission occurred in front of Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

The plea follows a federal trial in which Cardinell testified under oath that he had falsely claimed payments of around $25,000 to Moses for contract favors. The case’s roots trace back to a $63,000 boiler work contract under investigation. Sentencing is slated for December 18, 2023, overseen by Judge Wolford.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, HUD’s Office of Inspector General, and IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

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