Another corrupt Democrat bites the dust — except this one has numerous ties to the White House.
Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was often seen in the company of Barack Obama, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for “bribery and stealing campaign contributions, charitable donations, and federal grant money to finance his personal lifestyle.”
A probe that expanded more than a year found that Fattah had used federal grant money from NASA to pay back part of an illegal $1 million loan he received from a wealthy friend to fund his failed 2007 campaign for Philadelphia mayor.
For the better part a decade, the longtime Philadelphia Democrat and his television anchor wife led a racketeering enterprise spurred on by loyal aides and political consultants, who commingled campaign cash and nonprofit and government funds to pay for Fattah’s personal expenses.
Fattah was indicted last July. In June, after a month-long trial, a jury found him and four other accomplices guilty on all federal counts, which included wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.
The extent of Fattah’s criminal corruption was far-reaching. At one point, he stole $23,000 in nonprofit funds to repay his son, Chaka Fattah Jr.’s, college loans. Fattah Jr. never graduated, and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for a related fraud case.
Booker T. Washington once said, “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
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