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Rep. Fattah’s Son Faces Five Years for Fraud

Rep. Chaka Fattah faces legal issues himself. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Chaka Fattah faces legal issues himself. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on 22 federal counts of bank and tax fraud.  

Fattah Jr., who uses the nickname, Chip, was found guilty in November of bank fraud, making false statements to banks to obtain loans and settle loans for less than what he owed, filing false federal income tax returns and failing to pay income tax. He also is guilty of wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. In addition to prison, the 34-year-old was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution by a Pennsylvania judge. In 2005, evidence showed that Fattah Jr. supplied fake earnings to local banks to receive business lines of credit for companies he operated with an associate, entitled 259 Strategies LLC and Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates. He then used the money for personal expenses, such as gambling debts, his condominium and a car.  

In 2010, evidence showed he defaulted on several lines of credit and provided false information to banks, the Small Business Association and a Small Business Association investigator. From 2010 to 2012, he was the chief operating officer of Delaware Valley High School, a for-profit vendor that contracts with the school district to provide alternative educational services, and submitted fake expense information and inflated salaries.  

His father, Rep. Fattah, is also facing legal issues. In July, he was indicted on 29 corruption charges of with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud.