PHILADELPHIA – Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., 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-area lawmaker’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.”
Fattah this summer resigned from Congress, under pressure.
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…