The Latest: Pennsylvania congressman says it's a 'tough day'

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 1:07 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah (SHAW'-kah fa-TAH') says he will talk to his lawyers about his next steps following his conviction in a racketeering case.

Fattah was found guilty Tuesday of all charges against him, including racketeering, fraud and money laundering. His lawyers had argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah's knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.

Fattah told reporters outside the courtroom that Tuesday was a "tough day" for him.

The 59-year-old Democrat had been in Congress since 1995 and served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But he lost the April primary and his bid for his 12th term.

He will remain free on bail. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

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12:30 p.m.

A jury has convicted a Pennsylvania congressman on trial in a racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (SHAW'-kah fa-TAH') was found guilty Tuesday of racketeering, fraud, money laundering and other counts. His lawyers had argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah's knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.

The 59-year-old Democrat has been in Congress since 1995 and served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But he lost the April primary and his bid for his 12th term.

Prosecutors say Fattah routed federal grant money and nonprofit funds through his consultants to pay back the illegal loan.

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12:20 p.m.

A federal jury has reached a verdict in the case of a Pennsylvania congressman accused of scheming to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia is charged with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and honest services fraud. His lawyers argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah's knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.

The verdict will be read Tuesday.

The 59-year-old Democrat has been in Congress since 1995 and served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

He lost a costly bid to become mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, and he was defeated in the April primary for his congressional seat.

Prosecutors say Fattah routed federal grant money and nonprofit funds through his consultants to pay back the illegal loan after his unsuccessful run for mayor.