- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The fraud trial of a congressman’s son won’t start as scheduled next week after a federal appeals court agreed to consider his pretrial appeal.

Federal prosecutors this week also filed a revised indictment against Chaka Fattah Jr.

The 32-year-old Fattah is accused of lying to obtain more than $200,000 in business loans. He is also charged with misusing some of the $930,000 in federal educational contracts he received.

In court Wednesday, Fattah Jr. pleaded not guilty to the new charges. He remains free on bail.

His father, Chaka Fattah, is a Democratic congressman from Philadelphia who is also the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

It’s unclear if the cases are related. The Fattahs suggest they are politically motivated.

Chaka Fattah Jr.’s appeal accuses the Justice Department of prosecutorial misconduct.

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