A longtime Obama friend and former Pennsylvania congressman, Chaka Fattah has been convicted of racketeering and is in federal prison to begin his 10-year sentence.
Fattah stepped into his prison scrubs earlier in the year, but because the media is in love with Russia, you most likely missed it!
Fattah was convicted of all charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery, bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, making false statements to a financial institution, and falsification of records.
The 60-year-old Philadelphia Democrat spent 20 years in Congress before his conviction of taking an illegal $1 million campaign loan, then using government and nonprofit funds to repay it. Four co-defendants were also convicted.
Fattah lost his bid to stay out of prison while he appeals.
His son, Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., is also serving five years in an overlapping bank fraud case at a prison in Michigan.
The two scandals seem to meet and it seems to be a “like father, like son” case.
In testimony made public for the first time last month, a former Philadelphia School District contractor said he was pressured six years ago to reoffer a $144,000-a-year job to the son of former congressman or face consequences to his business.
David Shulick said that after firing Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. in the summer of 2011, he was summoned to a meeting with the congressman where he was ordered to give the then-28-year-old his job back.
“I was told to rehire him,” Shulick testified in a deposition last year. “I had a subsequent meeting with my lobbyist, Herb Vederman, and said I did not want to rehire him. I was told I had no choice.”
In August 2014, Fattah’s longtime aide and close confidant Gregory Naylor pled guilty to federal charges in a complex money laundering scheme.
He had hidden an illegal million-dollar loan that a Fattah received for his failed mayoral campaign in 2007.
The loan was paid back using federal grant money intended for nonprofit organizations affiliated with Fattah. A subsequent Philadelphia Daily News investigation revealed that nonprofits receiving federal funding and connected to Fattah paid out over $5.8 million to Fattah allies and alleged that many of these payments were ethically dubious.
On July 29, 2015, Fattah and four of his associates, Bonnie Bowser, Karen Nicholas, Herbert Verderman and Robert Brand were indicted for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy. It involved several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests of the defendants. They were misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds.
The FBI further alleged that Fattah accepted an $18,000 bribe from a man seeking an ambassadorship.
Now this is a top news story. It has been going on since 2014 and I would be willing to bet you have never even heard of the congressman or his conviction.
The charges in this case, conspiracy, bribery, bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, making false statements to a financial institution, and falsification of records, are older than politics itself. They are HUGE! Yet the MSM has been silent.
A United States Congressman is sitting in a prison cell, pictured above, for 10 years and you did not know it.
Fattah bullied a man to rehire his son, and you did not know it! That is insanity folks and is a sad state of our media.
Thankfully, you have places like JoeForAmerica to get the story out!
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