Fattah’s Son Found Guilty on 22 Counts in Fraud Case

Chaka Fattah was indicted Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Chaka Fattah was indicted Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted November 5, 2015 at 2:13pm

A jury found Rep. Chaka Fattah’s son guilty on 22 of 23 counts Thursday in a federal bank and tax fraud case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. was indicted on July 29, 2014, for alleged misspending of loans and education funds he received as part of his role in school management. One year later, federal prosecutors announced a 29-count indictment against his father, an 11-term Pennsylvania Democrat.  

In the latter half of 2014, multiple members of the congressman’s inner circle were targeted by the Department of Justice.  

Prosecutors alleged the younger Fattah defrauded several banks, the IRS and Philadelphia schools. He was also accused of tax evasion. Fattah Jr. is not a lawyer, but he opted to represent himself in court.  

Sentencing is set for Feb. 3, according to The Associated Press.  

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