- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

Former U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to 10 years for a racketeering scheme that included money laundering and bribery.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle called the Philadelphia Democrat’s crimes “astonishing” given that he and his TV anchor wife had a $500,000 annual income that put them at or near the “top 1 percent.”

The jury found the 60-year-old now-ousted congressman took an illegal $1 million loan to prop up a failed 2007 run for Philadelphia mayor. Fattah then repaid it with funds that included NASA grant money steered through an education nonprofit run by former staffers.

Prosecutors say he also used $27,000 in charity funds to pay down his son’s college loans and took an $18,000 bribe to help a friend become an ambassador.

Fattah insists the Justice Department racketeering case is politically motivated.

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