Philadelphia, PA — A disgraced former US Congressman from Philadelphia lost his appeal in court to have his prison term of ten years reduced. Four bribery and money laundering charges stand after the appeal was dismissed.
Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah Sr. who spent nearly 20 years in congress resigned in 2016 and is about two and one-half years into his incarceration of 10 years. Fatah was convicted on racketeering charges stemming from abuse and misuse of $600,000 in federal grants and nonprofit funds. A jury agreed that the Congressman misused the funds on personal and campaign expenses.
Fattah had represented portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery County including Lower Merion.
Prosecutors at the original trial argued Fattah took a $1 million loan from a friend, that was illegal, to wipe out both personal and political debts. The money laundering and racketeering charges came about from Fattah then using the government grants and nonprofit money to repay his friend.
This loss comes on the heels of a March 2019 loss of an appeal to the Supreme Court where Fattah was trying to have his conviction overturned based on the removal of a juror in the 2016 racketeering trial.
In the original 85-page indictment against Chaka Fattah, his third wife Chenault-Fattah a 24-year veteran news anchor of 24 years was referred to as "Person E" describing her as an "affiliate of the Fattah enterprise."
Fattah is married to former longtime NBC 10 News anchor Chenault-Fattah who left the station about six months after the indictment of her husband, the Congressman.
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., the son of the former Congressman was found guilty in 2015 of 22 criminal counts, including wire fraud, bank fraud; making false statements to obtain loans; making false statements to banks and the Small Business Administration (SBA), filing false federal income tax returns for 3 tax years; failing to pay federal income tax and theft of funds from a program receiving federal funds.
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