Philadelphia

Congressman Chaka Fattah’s Corruption Trial Wrapping Up

Closing arguments are expected Monday in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four co-defendants.

The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is accused of taking an illegal $1 million campaign loan from a friend to help pay for his failed mayoral bid.

Prosecutors say he also used federal grants and nonprofit funds to enrich his family and friends.

Defense lawyers say Fattah's former political consultants are responsible for the financial wrongdoing. Two have pleaded not guilty and testified against the congressman.

The trial has been underway for about a month.

The $1 million loan came from Albert Lord, the former CEO for Sallie Mae.

Fattah's son is serving a five-year prison term in a related case. His co-defendants include Herbert Vederman, a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia.

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