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Congressman's Son Convicted Of Fraud Charges

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 5/11/2015 Paige Lavender

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia congressman's son has been convicted of federal bank and tax fraud charges.

Chaka Fattah Jr. was convicted Thursday of 22 of 23 counts that he misspent loans and some of the nearly $1 million in education funds he got as a school management subcontractor.

Fattah, who represented himself, contended the government built its case on a "deck of cards." He says authorities targeted him because of his big-spending lifestyle, including a luxury condominium, and also wanted to hurt his father.

Chaka Fattah Sr. is an 11-term Democratic congressman. He was charged in an unrelated case in July with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes, accused of misusing federal grants and charitable donations. He has denied wrongdoing.

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