Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania was found guilty today on federal corruption charges, Politico reports. Fattah was charged with racketeering, bribery, money laundering, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and filing false statements. Jurors found he accepted an illegal $1 million loan from the former Sallie Mae chairman during a 2007 run for Philadelphia mayor.
Fattah will be sentenced Oct 4th and faces up to 20 years in prison.
He released this statement today:
This is an extraordinarily difficult day for me and my family. A jury has decided that based on the evidence presented to them that I am guilty of charges presented by the government.
Today’s decision notwithstanding, it has been my privilege to serve the constituents of the Second Congressional District for over 20 years.
While today’s outcome isn’t what we had hoped, I respect our nation’s judicial system. I want to thank the people of the Second Congressional District for the honor of serving them.
Still in office
Fattah has not officially resigned, but under U.S. House of Reps rules he will be not allowed to vote on legislation. However, he lost his primary election in April—his current term officially ends Jan 2.