Former U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to 10 years for a racketeering scheme that included money laundering and bribery. Prosecutors say he also used $27,000 in charity funds to pay down his son’s college loans and took an $18,000 bribe to help a friend become an ambassador.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (all times local):
Former U.S. Rep Chaka (SHAH’-kuh) Fattah has been sentenced to 10 years for a racketeering scheme that included money laundering and bribery.
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle called the Philadelphia Democrat’s crimes “astonishing” given that he and his TV anchor wife had a $500,000 annual income that put them at or near the “top 1 percent.”
The jury found the 60-year-old now-ousted congressman took an illegal $1 million loan to prop up a failed 2007 run for Philadelphia mayor. Fattah then repaid…