US Representative Democrat Chaka Fattah Sentenced to 10 Years for Racketeering
Yet another former US House of Representatives Democrat who spent more than 20 years in Congress, Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Chaka Fattah was convicted for masterminding a racketeering gig that included racketeering conspiracy, bribery, bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, making false statements to a financial institution, and falsification of records. The money in question was completely under his control and used in a surprising similarity to the accusations about the Clinton Foundation.
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle called the Philadelphia-area lawmaker’s crimes “astonishing” given that he and his TV anchor wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah (who works for NBC), have a $500,000 annual income that puts them at or near the “top 1 percent” of all wage earners in the United States.
On July 29, 2015, Chaka Fattah and four of his associates, Bonnie Bowser, Karen Nicholas, Herbert Verderman and Robert Brand were indicted for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several criminal strategies that were intended to further the political and financial interests of the defendants and others by misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. The FBI also alleged that Fattah accepted an $18,000 bribe from a man seeking an ambassadorship
Almost a year later, on June 21, 2016, Fattah was convicted of all charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery, bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, making false statements to a financial institution, and falsification of records. It wasn’t until after he was convicted that Chaka Fattah reluctantly resigned from Congress this summer despite knowing he was guilty all along.
The jury found the 60-year-old disgraced congressman took an illegal $1 million loan to fund a failed 2007 run for Philadelphia mayor. Fattah then repaid it with funds that included NASA grant money directed through an education nonprofit run by his own staff.
Chaka Fattah was also convicted for using $27,000 in “charity funds” to pay off some of his son’s college loans and for taking an $18,000 bribe to help a friend become an ambassador.
Of course, Chaka Fattah ridiculously insists the Justice Department racketeering case is politically motivated and has absolutely nothing to do with the crimes he committed.