JUST IN: Top Level Democrat Gets HISTORIC Prison Sentence After Being Found Guilty Of THESE Crimes

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After a year long probe into ex-Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah using federal grant money and charitable foundation donations for personal use, the disgraced former congressman was sentenced Monday to ten years in prison.

During the two decades Fattah spend in Congress working on housing, education, gun control of concern to his mostly poor district, he and his television anchor wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah, accrued more than $500,000 a year, placing them near the “top 1 percent.”

Fattah, however, faced financial burden after his failed 2007 campaign for Philadelphia mayor. He funded his campaign with federal grant money from NASA and part of an illegal $1 million loan he received from his wealthy friend, the chairman of the student loan corporation Sallie Mae.

The law eventually caught up to Fattah after his friend reported the debt and he was indicted last July.

A jury found him and four other accomplices guilty of wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in June. The jury found that he only returned $400,000 of the $1 million loan he took from the Salli Mae chairman.

Prosecutors claimed NASA funds helped promote Fattah’s political career and enrich his family. Fattah was ordered Monday to repay $600,000 to Sallie Mae and NASA. The jury found he put $23,000 in nonprofit funds toward his son’s college loans. He also took an $18,000 bribe to help a friend become an ambassador and used that money to buy a vacation home in the Poconos.

Fattah was defeated in the spring primary days before trial and resigned his congressional post in June following his conviction.

While awaiting his sentence, Fattah maintained that he is grateful to have helped so many people during the 37 years he spent as a state and federal lawmaker, despite his legal troubles.

“I’ve helped tens of millions of people,” he said. “(That) has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been found on the wrong side of these questions by a jury.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle told Fattah on Monday, “while you have done much good, you also engaged in grave and widespread criminal activity.”

Prosecutors had asked for a 17- to 21-year sentence. The judge gave Fattah until Jan. 25 to report to prison. The congressman plans to appeal the conviction, claiming the Justice Department had been out to get him and his family for years.

Fattah’s son, Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., is currently serving a five year prison term for using fraudulently obtained business loans to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Fattah’s crimes sound familiar to those of us who have been focused on the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play scandal.

Hey Hillary, this is what normally happens to corrupt politicians that divert charitable foundation donations to personal and political use.

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God Bless.



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