Former Rep. Chaka Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday on charges of money laundering, bribery and fraud.

{mosads}Fattah, 60, resigned from the House in June after being convicted on more than 20 counts of corruption. He’ll have to report to prison by Jan. 25, 2017, to begin his sentence.
Prosecutors had called for Fattah to receive 17 to 22 years in prison. 
Fattah had already lost the Democratic primary for the Philadelphia-area seat he represented for 22 years. His successor, Rep. Dwight Evans (D), was sworn in on Nov. 14 to finish the remaining weeks of Fattah’s term.
Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr., is already serving a five-year prison sentence for fraud. 
The elder Fattah was convicted of accepting a $1 million loan from a campaign donor for his failed 2007 campaign for Philadelphia mayor. He proceeded to repay part of the loan with federal grant money intended for a nonprofit run by former aides.
The former Pennsylvania congressman was also convicted of using nonprofit funds to repay his son’s college loans.
The jury also convicted Fattah of accepting an $18,000 bribe from Herbert Vederman, a former Philadelphia deputy mayor, in exchange for helping him secure an Obama administration post. Fattah’s efforts to lobby President Obama to hire Vederman were ultimately unsuccessful.

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