ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York housing official has been charged with lying to FBI agents who were investigating a consulting contract.

Federal prosecutors say Rochester Housing Authority Chairman George Moses was asked twice in July about a 2015 contract between the housing authority's charity arm and a now-defunct Washington, D.C. consulting firm. Investigators were interested in a sub-contract with a company begun by Rochester city councilman Adam McFadden, who'd been interim director of the housing authority.

Authorities say Moses lied about his knowledge of the deals.

He was released after appearing Tuesday in federal court. Moses' attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

At a news conference, U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. declined to say whether McFadden might be charged.

McFadden's office declined comment.