- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A congressman’s son has pleaded not guilty to a sweeping bank fraud and tax case.

Chaka Fattah Jr. of Philadelphia is being represented by two federal public defenders after his arrest last week.

The indictment accuses him of using bank loans and income from federal education contracts for personal expenses, including large gambling debts.

Fattah has insisted that he was allowed to use the consulting income as he saw fit.

Public defender James McHugh says Thursday that Fattah is looking forward to trial. No trial date has been set.

The 31-year-old Fattah remains free on bail.

His father, Chaka Fattah, is a longtime Democratic congressman from Philadelphia.

The younger Fattah’s co-defendant, former business partner Matthew Amato, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating in the case.

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