- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The former business partner of a veteran Philadelphia congressman’s son has been sentenced to two years’ probation and symbolic incarceration for scamming thousands of dollars from area banks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1KZRgPG ) Matthew Amato, who pleaded guilty to making false statements, was ordered Wednesday to spend 35 minutes in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Amato was a roommate of Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. at Drexel University and then in Roxborough. He took out $65,000 in loans from four banks in 2005 in the name of a shell company that he and Fattah created.

Amato later agreed to record Fattah making incriminating statements and testify at Fattah’s 2015 trial.

Fattah received a 5-year prison sentence for bank and tax fraud.

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