Philly Congressman Indicted For Political Corruption
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) has been indicted on allegations of political corruption that took place after he lost a bid to become Philadelphia’s mayor in 2007.
“According to the indictment, Fattah and his associates allegedly borrowed $1 million from a wealthy supporter,” said NPR. “When he lost, they allegedly returned the unused $400,000 and then arranged for a nonprofit that they controlled to pay out the remaining $600,000.” The nonprofit that was used in this case, Educational Advancement Alliance, got federal grants to help “at-risk students.” Fattah and the four others who also faced charges are accused of creating fake contracts and other shenanigans to cover up the misuse of funds.
Rep. Fattah is also accused of trying to pay back supporters with federal grants and trying to use campaign funds $23,000 to pay back his son’s student loans.
It’s a 29-count indictment. Authorities say the issue goes far beyond racketeering and fraud.
“Public corruption takes a particularly heavy toll on our democracy because it undermines people’s basic belief that our elected leaders are committed to serving the public interest, not to lining their own pockets,” said Leslie Caldwell, head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Fattah represents a district in the House of Representatives that includes parts of Philadelphia.