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Former campaign treasurer for Cohoes mayor pleads guilty to wire fraud charges

March 07, 2019 06:07 PM

There's been a guilty plea connected to the arrest of Mayor Shawn Morse.

Ralph Singnoracci admitted to felony wire fraud charges in federal court on Thursday.

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He's the former campaign treasurer for Morse. He's also agreed to co-operate with prosecutors in the case against the mayor.

Morse was taken into custody last week, accused of using political donations to line his own pockets.

The United States Attorney's Office says Signoracci admitted that he and Morse solicited campaign donations which were then used for Morse's personal expenses.

Thursday marked a week since Morse was indicted by federal prosecutors on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.

Signoracci was also facing conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a separate case.

Singoracci admitted to moving over $12,000 in campaign donations to Morse's personal accounts. That money was then used for dining, vacations and home projects.

Signoracci also admitted to moving donations from a political action committee to Morse's re-election campaign fund.

NewsChannel 13's Emily Burkhard spoke with Gil Etheir, the chair of the Cohoes Democratic Party on Thursday. He said in the past, people in Cohoes have hesitated to pass judgment because the allegations of domestic abuse concerned his personal life. However, he says things are different now.

Signoracci is currently employed by the Albany County Comptroller's Office.

Meanwhile, Morse was hosting a community forum on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. about the future of the Cohoes Community Center.

The community center abruptly shut down last October, leaving a $450,000 debt and 72-employees without a job.

This will be his first public appearance since his arrest last Thursday.

The public forum was taking place at the Cohoes Senior Center.

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