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Can Adam McFadden Bounce Back?

Former councilman, Adam McFadden

Disgraced former Councilman Adam McFadden is back in Rochester and talking about his brief time in federal prison.

The former politician's criminal activity came to light after his arrest in 2019. McFadden, vice president of the Rochester City Council at the time, was arrested and charged with federal crimes associated with a scheme to defraud the Rochester Housing Authority.

After discovering evidence of financial impropriety related to Quad A for Kids—an organization McFadden served as executive director from 2006 and 2014 and then again from September 2016 until 2019, McFadden was put on administrative leave and then terminated. His termination was unrelated, and not a result of the federal investigation and charges at the time. A full-scale forensic audit was launched after McFadden was terminated and the organization says "was limited to his years working for Quad A." Quad A representatives say they also promptly notified the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) that state grant funds may have been affected and what steps it was taking to confirm the amounts misappropriated.

According to the OAG McFadden admitted that he created fake invoices for the organization, stealing more than $130,000 and faced a sentence of 27 to 33 months. However, he received a reduced sentence by testifying against George Moses, who defrauded several nonprofits, including the neighborhood group he headed, the North East Area Development association.

McFadden was later convicted of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison but served less than 5 months.

The host of the new podcast ‘The Bounce Back With Adam McFadden’ on WDKX confirmed that he was released early due to the Cares Act.

The Cares Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020) and the Coronavirus Response and Consolidated Appropriations Act (2021) provided fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, small businesses, and industries.

Under the Cares Act, the Bureau of Prisons reported that they began immediately reviewing all inmates who have COVID-19 risk factors, as described by the CDC, to determine which inmates are suitable for home confinement.

The AOG had made recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on March 26, 2020 to prioritize home confinement as an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, the BOP significantly increased its placement of offenders on home confinement. Currently, the BOP has 5,701 inmates on home confinement. The total number of inmates placed in home confinement from March 26, 2020 to the present (including inmates who have completed service of their sentence) is 57,061.

"A year ago, I was sentenced to 18 months to federal prison camp. I left to go to Lewisburg on April 6. I reported to turn myself into Federal prison camp. A month later I was granted the Cares Act for my medical condition, my age and some other things and was released early August 30," McFadden admitted on the podcast which aired in March. “So, I've been back in Rochester since August 30th. I had to serve home confinement and just last week I was released from home confinement."

The newly released convict claimed he got himself into this situation because "when your ego is unchecked you operate like you are above the law and you don't have a moral compass of right and wrong on some certain things. That's how that happens."

McFadden was ordered to pay restitution totaling $265,528.00 to Quad A For Kids, the Internal Revenue Service and Rochester Housing Charities.

To listen to the entire episode of The Bounce Back With Adam McFadden, download the WDKX app or visit

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