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Ex-US Rep. Chaka Fattah Starts 10-Year Prison Term

Chaka Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in prison for racketeering

A longtime Pennsylvania congressman convicted of racketeering has reported to a federal prison to begin his 10-year sentence.

Officials said former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was logged in just after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean in Lewis Run, in western Pennsylvania, near the New York border. He will be in the minimum-security camp adjacent to the medium-security prison.

The 60-year-old Democrat spent 20 years in Congress representing Philadelphia and Montgomery counties before his June conviction of taking an illegal $1 million campaign loan, then using government and nonprofit funds to repay it. Four co-defendants were also convicted.

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Fattah lost his bid to stay out of prison while he appeals.

His son, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., is serving five years in an overlapping bank fraud case at a prison in Michigan. [[238427591, C]]

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