Dem Lawmaker and Obama Lackey Chaka Fattah Indicted for Racketeering
Rep. Chaka Fattah was honored by the Black Chamber of Commerce today before his indictment.
— Chaka Fattah (@chakafattah) July 29, 2015
Top Democratic lawmaker Chaka Fattah (D-PA) was indicted today on federal racketeering charges.
ABC 6 reported:
Longtime Philadelphia congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was indicted Wednesday in a racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds after his failed 2007 run for mayor.
Rep. Fattah, 58, and four associates were charged with bribery; conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank and mail fraud; money laundering and other charges.
Prosecutors said the charges covered several schemes, including the use of federal grants and charitable contributions to Fattah’s educational foundation to pay back part of a $1 million loan from a wealthy campaign supporter and arranging a federal grant in lieu of a $130,000 payment to a political consultant.
After losing, he allegedly used the non-profit, which he founded and controlled, to pay back $600,000 of the funds.
According to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, the other four people charged are: Lobbyist Herbert Vederman, 69, of Palm Beach, Florida; Fattah’s Congressional District Director Bonnie Bowser, 59, of Philadelphia; Robert Brand, 69, of Philadelphia; and Karen Nicholas, 57, of Williamstown, New Jersey
“The public does not expect their elected officials to misuse campaign funds, misappropriate government funds, accept bribes or commit bank fraud,” Memeger said. “These type of criminal acts betray the public trust and undermine faith in government.”
The congressman is also accused of using campaign funds to repay the $23,000 student loan debt of his son, Chaka Fattah Jr.