Ousted PA Lawmaker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., center left, walks from the federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Fattah was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for misspending government grants and charity money to fund his campaign and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., center left, walks from the federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Fattah was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for misspending government grants and charity money to fund his campaign and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

An ousted Pennsylvania congressman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a racketeering scheme that included money laundering and bribery.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle called Chaka Fattah’s crimes “astonishing” given that he and his TV anchor wife had a $500,000 annual income.

A jury found that the Philadelphia Democrat took an illegal $1 million loan to prop up a failed 2007 run for Philadelphia mayor, then repaid it with funds that included NASA grant money steered through an education nonprofit run by former staffers.

Source: AP