Democrat Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a longtime friend and ally of President Barack Obama’s, got some devastating news on Tuesday when he learned he had been found guilty on 29 counts of bribery, money laundering, racketeering and fraud!
According to The Political Insider, each of the charges related to conspiracy, falsification of records and mail fraud carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years, so Fattah will likely spend the rest of his life in jail. He was charged along with four of his associates after he borrowed $1 million from a donor during his unsuccessful campaign for Philadelphia mayor and later repaid part of the loan by using funds from charitable and federal grants received by his nonprofit.
The Hill reported that the Justice Department claims Fattah also used funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to help pay off his son’s student loan debt. He then accepted bribes while trying to secure an ambassadorship or appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission for former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Herbert Vederman.
As if that all wasn’t enough, the indictment also revealed that Fattah agreed to help award federal grant money to a political consultant in exchange for forgiving a $130,000 campaign debt. He instructed the consultant to apply for a $15 million grant, which he did not receive.
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