Pennsylvania Rep Indicted for Racketeering

Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah and four of his associates were indicted today in a federal racketeering conspiracy that accused the congressman of misappropriating hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for personal gain. Fattah, first elected to the House in 1994, has been charged with bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements.

Fattah has been the subject of a longstanding DOJ investigation, and a search warrant was executed on his office and home in 2012.  Last year a top aide pleaded guilty to helping Fattah divert public money to pay the student loans debt for his son (who has been awaiting trial on federal bank fraud charges).

Notable among the accusations in the indictment, Fattah allegedly:

  • Used a secret million-dollar loan to back his failed 2007 run for Mayor of Philadelphia;
  • Attempted to steer $15 million in federal grants to a political consultant who was owed $130,000 by Fattah’s campaign;
  • Taking an $18,000 bribe from an associate in exchange for attempting to secure him an ambassadorship, and then masking the bribe in the form of a fake car sale.

Fattah, until recently the ranking Democrat on the House appropriations committee, steadfastly denies any wrongdoing and said that he would not resign his seat.

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