This week, it was announced that 53-year-old Orville Dixon of Rochester, New York had been charged with wire fraud for scheming to defraud the Rochester School Modernization Program and the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board. The defendant could be facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The Rochester School Modernization Program is a public works project to renovate and improve many school facilities in the City of Rochester.
The complaint alleges that the minority male, Dixon, was the president and owner of Journee Construction. Dixon allowed contractors who did not meet the requirements of the Diversity Plan to use his company as a pass-through agency on Rochester School Modernization Program contracts in exchange for a fee. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Further details have been made available here.