Daily Mail reports:
Former Democratic Representative Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being found guilty of a litany of federal corruption charges.
Fattah, 60, was convicted in June for 22 charges including racketeering, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud. On Monday he received ten years in prison.
That was the end result of a long campaign of corruption designed to pay back the illegal $1million loan he took when trying to become mayor of his hometown of Philadelphia, CBS reported.
Despite his safe seat on the Appropriations Committee – which allowed him to earmark funds for his home state – Fattah, who was elected to Congress in 1994, really wanted to be a big name back home.
He leaped into the running for the Philadelphia mayor’s office in 2007, but found himself hamstrung by new campaign funding laws.
Fattah then took an illegal $1million loan from wealthy pal, ex-Sallie Mae chairman Albert Lord, but came fourth in the race.
And despite an annual income of more than $500,000 with then-NBC anchor wife Renee Chenault-Fattah the then-Congressman turned to crime to pay back Lord.
In once instance, Fattah routed money from NASA to an educational nonprofit run by former staff, then used that to pay back the loan.
The nonprofit was also used to promote Fattah during the campaign, paying for a mobile science classroom branded with his name that traveled around Philadelphia.
Fattah also used illegal means to pay off other debts in his life.
In other instances of corruption, Fattah used $23,000 of nonprofit funds to pay off his son’s college loans.
He also reportedly received an $18,000 bribe to lobby President Obama on behalfd of Philadelphia deputy mayor Herbert Vederman, of Palm Springs, Florida, who wanted to be an ambassador.
The money was used as a deposit on a house.
Fattah was found to have run a corruption team staffed by loyal ex-aides and consultants – two of whom pleaded guilty and testified against him.
The four others who were convicted alongside Fattah will be sentenced later this week, including Vederman.
Fattah has been told to give himself up to prison before January 25, 2017.
His son, Chaka Fattah Jr, is currently serving five years in an overlapping corruption case.
Renee Chenault-Fattah, who is also a lawyer, quit her job at NBC’s WCAU-TV after she was alleged to have been involved in the bribery plot – but she was never charged.
Fattah’s seat in the house is now held by Democratic former state Representative Dwight Evans.