Yet another associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton is going to jail for corruption. A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday sentenced former Democratic congressman Chaka Fattah to 10 years in prison after the ex-lawmaker was convicted on racketeering, fraud and money laundering charges earlier this year.
U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said Fattah has “used his position in Congress to benefit himself, rather than his constituents.”
The former congressman, who represented Philadelphia for 11 terms in Congress, was found guilty in June on multiple counts related to the mishandling of federal grant money, and for using an illegal loan to help fund his failed mayoral bid in 2007.
Prosecutors also alleged that Fattah had accepted $18,000 from a friend who was trying to get appointed to a coveted ambassadorship. The friend didn’t get the appointment, but Fattah used the money to make a down payment on a holiday home in the Poconos.
Four of Fattah’s associates had already been convicted on various corruption charges related to the schemes.
Fattah described his personal friendship with former President Bill Clinton as “extraordinary” in an interview with Politico:
“I don’t think this is just looking at it through rose-colored glasses,” Fattah said, noting that when Clinton came to Philadelphia, he would meet the president at the airport, ride in the limo and take him to play golf. After one of Fattah’s first legislative victories for an educational program called Gear Up, Clinton traveled to a middle school in Pennsylvania and credited him for getting the bill signed into law.
Fattah also served as a superdelegate on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
It is not unusual for political figures with ties to the Clinton to be convicted on corruption charges. Fattah is just the most recent of many Clinton associates to be either convicted, charged, arrested, or investigated for being sketchy.
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