Housing Authority Secretary May End Up in the Big House

Janice White, the executive secretary for the Rochester Housing Authority, pleaded guilty to defrauding the charity, which provides housing opportunities and other services to the community.


In 2018, White started a company, HJJ Property Development, which was listed as a heating and air conditioning business. For the next year White conspired with George Moses, the chairman of the board of the Rochester Housing Authority, to funnel money out of the Authority and into HJJ.


The scheme went like this: a legitimate heating and air conditioning company provided Moses with an estimate for boiler services. Moses would send the estimate to White, who would then copy the estimate verbatim under HJJ letterhead but include a higher cost. In one instance a company quoted a job for $9,000. White submitted a quote for the same job for $15,000. When the job was completed by the legitimate company, White billed $15,000 for it. She deposited the payment into her business account and got a cashier’s check to pay the company who did the work, netting her and Moses $6000. In one-year HJJ made $87,069 doing this.


White faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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