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Democratic Congressman Has a ‘Tough Day’ After Being Found Guilty of Corruption

Chaka-FattahRep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) was convicted of corruption charges by a federal court Tuesday. He told local reporters outside the courtroom that he had had a “tough day.”

The 59-year-old congressman was found guilty of all charges, which included racketeering, multiple counts of fraud, and money laundering.

Fattah was indicted last July for what U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger described at the time as “schemes” that were “intended to further [the] political and financial interests” of Fattah and his associates.

Politico’s John Bresnahan writes:

The guilty verdict brings to a stunning end Fattah’s three-decade career in Philadelphia politics, and is a major victory for the Justice Department and Zane David Memeger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Memeger’s office prosecuted the case against Fattah, who was first elected to Congress in 1994.

Fattah could face as much as 20 years in prison on the bribery charges, but it is not yet clear how long a prison term they will seek. Fattah is likely to appeal his conviction

Fattah had already effectively lost his seat in Congress after he lost the Democratic primary in April.

He is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 4 and remains free on bail.

[image: screengrab from 2012 television appearance]

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