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Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against the congressman. The 11th-term Democrat led a conspiracy that engaged in bribery, fraud, money laundering and other crimes, and netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars, federal investigators said. The 29-count indictment describes four distinct schemes, two involving efforts to pay down debt from Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid in Philadelphia. The Justice Department charges...

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