Harvey Bartle, a U.S. District Judge who was in charge of the corruption case, sentenced Chaka Fattah to 10 years in jail.
Chaka was proven guilty last June of many charges including racketeering, money laundering, bribery, and different kinds of fraud. After the conviction, he filed his resignation from Congress.
Whenannouncing Chaka’s sentence, Bartle said, “Those in high places will certainly know what happens in this courtroom today.”
“While you have done much good, you also engaged in grave and widespread criminal activity. You abused your trust, time and time again,” continued Bartle.
When he heard his sentence, Fattah spoke to the judge, saying, “The investigation and the trial has been the most disappointing event in my now 60-year life. I’ve helped tens of millions of people and that has nothing to do with the fact that I have been found on the wrong side of these questions by a jury.”
Defense attorney Albert Dandridhe addressed Fattah’s family and supporters in the courtroom saying, “That’s about as good as we could have expected.” Lawyers expected a sentence somewhere around 17 to 22 years for Fattah.
Fattah spoke to reporters as he was leaving the building claiming, “We respect the court’s decision.” He also thanked his immediate family and friends, for the support “through this very tough time.”
Back in February, Bartle sentenced Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr. to five years in jail for fraud and demanded that he paid $1.1 million for compensation of those he cheated out of their money, including banks, clients, and the Philadelphia School District.
When Fattah son claimed he did not know anything he did was illegal, the judge said, “Mr. Fattah, you had many opportunities and advantages that most young people could only dream about. You made a plethora of bad choices of your own free will.”