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Rochester business owner accused of fraud in school modernization program

A Rochester business owner has been accused of scheming to defraud the Rochester School Modernization Program and the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday announced that 53 year old Orville Dixon of Rochester faces a charge of wire fraud.

Dixon was president and owner of Journee Construction when he allegedly allowed contractors, who did not meet the requirements of a diversity plan to use his company as a pass-through agency, for a fee.

The diversity plan was set up to help people deemed to be traditionally underrepresented in the construction field, specifically minorities and women.

Dixon  was charged as part of an investigation by the FBI. He was released after his initial court appearance on Friday.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.