Ex-US Rep. Chaka Fattah set to start 10-year prison term

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Posted: Jan 24, 2017 11:42 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime Pennsylvania congressman convicted of racketeering is set to start a 10-year prison term.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka (SHAH'-kuh) Fattah must surrender Wednesday at FCI-McKean in Lewis Run, in western Pennsylvania near the New York border.

The 60-year-old Philadelphia Democrat spent 20 years in Congress before his June conviction.

The jury found he took an illegal $1 million campaign loan, then used government and nonprofit funds to repay it. Four co-defendants were also convicted.

Fattah lost his bid to stay out of prison while he appeals. It's unclear if he will be placed in FCI-McKean's medium security prison or low-security camp.

His lawyers did not immediately return messages Tuesday.

His son, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., is serving five years in an overlapping bank fraud case at a prison in Michigan.