Rep. Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania Congressman & outspoken Hillary Clinton superdelegate, was convicted on Tuesday on corruption and racketeering charges. The congressman and four associates misappropriated thousands of dollars from federal, campaign, and even charitable sources.
Fattah and four associates were indicted in July on 29 corruption charges including racketeering, bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, and falsification of records, among other charges.
The Department of Justice said Fattah took an illegal $1 million loan from his failed Philadelphia mayoral bid in 2007 and then disguised it as a loan to his consulting company.
At the end of the campaign, Fattah used a scheme to repay the loan through grants and charitable funds stolen from his nonprofit organization and the Educational Advancement Alliance. Fake contracts were created to conceal the contributions and repayment scheme. The scheme involved altering accounting records, campaign finance disclosure statements, and tax returns.
Lobbyist Herbert Vederman, consultant Robert Brand, Fattah’s Congressional District Director Bonnie Bowser, and Educational Advancement Alliance CEO Karen Nicholas were charged along with Fattah. Details can be found here on fbi.gov.