Hit and Sunk
Former U.S Congressan Chaka Fattah, one of the top politicians in the city of Philadelphia for many years, has been sentenced to spend a decade in prison and pay $614,000 in restitution to victims of corruption charges on which the longtime legislator was convicted last June.
Fattah was found guilty of dozens of counts of corruption stemming from charges filed in 2015 that came down from the FBI after an eight-year long investigation into the congressman’s financial dealings.
The son of activists, Fattah rose from a West Philadelphia neighborhood plagued by gang violence to become one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress (22 years). Most of the congressman's misdeeds centered on money he owed creditors after a disastrous 2007 bid to become mayor of Philadelphia.
Fattah's family has been involved in many scandals in the past years. His wife, former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault saw her career end this year after she was linked to the sham sale in 2012 of her Porsche convertible, a transaction prosecutors said was intended to cover up a bribe to her husband, reported The Philly Inquirer.
His son, Chaka "Chip" Jr., was sentenced to five years in prison in February in fraud case tied to loans he fraudulently obtained to pay for his luxury lifestyle: fancy cars, clothes, and apartments.
As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer.