- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jury deliberations are underway in the racketeering case against a veteran Pennsylvania congressman largely centered on efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, is charged with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and honest services fraud.

His lawyers have argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah’s knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.

The 59-year-old Fattah has been in Congress since 1995.

He lost his costly bid to become mayor of Philadelphia in 2007 and lost his congressional seat in the April primary.

Prosecutors say Fattah routed federal grant money and nonprofit funds through his consultants to pay back the illegal loan.

The jury got the case Wednesday. Four associates are also on trial with him.


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