Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to five years in prison, and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution, after being convicted of federal bank and tax fraud last year.
“The evidence [at trial] demonstrated incontrovertibly that Fattah was a habitual schemer, liar, and fraudster, obsessed with wealth and material possessions,” wrote U.S. Attorneys Paul L. Gray and Eric L. Gibson, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fattah Jr. is the son of U.S Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who was indicted last summer on 29 counts, including bribery, bank fraud and other corruption charges.
Rep. Fattah’s trial is set for May. A judge recently denied a request from his defense team to quit the case. The lawyers said they haven’t been paid in months.
Rep. Fattah is focused on raising money for re-election campaign, not paying his lawyers, according to the Philly.com.
Prosecutors seek prison term for Chaka Fattah Jr., on Philly.com.
Pa. Congressman Fattah indicted on corruption charges from 2007 mayor’s race, on WashingtonPost.com.
Judge denies Fattah lawyers’ bid to withdraw, on Philly.com.