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September 13, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harrah's Philadelphia has sued U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son for allegedly bouncing $16,000 worth of checks at the Delaware County casino, the latest in a string of lawsuits filed since the FBI raided the young Fattah's home and office in February. Just two weeks ago the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union sued Chaka Fattah Jr. for $17,467, alleging that he failed to make payments on a loan there. Ronald Sarachan, a lawyer for Fattah Jr., to declined comment about the suits. Attorneys for Harrah's did not respond to requests for comment.
NEWS
October 27, 1998
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's energy and attention to detail have enabled him to get good things done, even as a minority party member of a particularly partisan Congress. The Philadelphia Democrat's $140 million High Hopes/21st Century Scholarship plan became law earlier this month. The program seeks to motivate disadvantaged sixth graders to stay in school through mentoring, tutoring and a promise of federal aid for college to students who persevere in learning. Urging children as young as 12 to think about higher education - and helping them get ready for it - helps counter the feeling that poor children aren't "college material.
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November 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE VOTERS may still believe in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, but another member of his inner circle has bailed from the net closing in around him. Now Tom Lindenfeld, a Washington, D.C., political consultant, may help investigators land Fattah in an ongoing public-corruption probe. One day after Fattah collected 87 percent of the vote to win his 11th term in the 2nd District, Lindenfeld, 59, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in connection with an illegal $1 million loan he funneled into Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid. As part of the plea deal, Lindenfeld agreed to cooperate in the investigation linked to Fattah - who has not been charged - and to testify at trial if necessary.
NEWS
October 16, 2006
Penna. Second District This is solidly Democratic turf covering West and Northwest Philadelphia and reaching into Montgomery County's Cheltenham Township. The mostly urban district includes pockets of poverty, but primarily middle-income voters. The Case for Fattah Democrat Age 49 Philadelphia U.S. Representative Over nearly a dozen years in Congress, Chaka Fattah, 49, has developed a laser focus on initiatives that boost the higher-education prospects of urban teens.
NEWS
March 1, 2006
With all of his political clout, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah should be well-positioned to abide voluntarily by Philadelphia's new campaign-contribution limits. This would be the year to do it, as civic leaders are mounting an all-out effort to change the city's pay-to-play political culture. All the right elements are there for Fattah: high profile, strong political base, 25 years a public-policy wonk and lawmaker, married to a local TV news anchor. Yet the veteran Democratic lawmaker is among several would-be mayoral candidates dancing around the limits by delaying a formal campaign announcement.
NEWS
November 5, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
WE CALL IT the Daily News hot seat - a table at the Famous 4th Street Deli where Clout asks the city's politicians three questions each Election Day. The questions for yesterday's general-election crowd were: * Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia? * Who will be the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016? * And will U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah be seeking a 12th term in the U.S. House in two years or fighting a federal indictment? Yes, we save the zinger for our final question.
NEWS
October 23, 1995 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If residents want to save their borough from crime, drugs and joblessness, they should organize and lead their leaders. That was the message from U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.), the featured guest at a three-hour session organized by Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d, a Democrat who is up for reelection next month, and his campaign partner, Joan Nagel. The meeeting, held at the Montgomery County Library, was attended by residents, borough officials and politicians.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHAKA FATTAH has grown accustomed to the sound of footsteps. Federal prosecutors have been following the longtime Philadelphia congressman for eight years - subpoenaing his emails and congressional records, auditing his nonprofits and flipping his political confidants - as they seek to build a corruption indictment against him. Fattah, 58, has been tapping his campaign war chest to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. He's in a "safe" district, so he doesn't need the campaign money to, ya know, campaign.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son, who has been under federal investigation for months. Rendell said he agreed to pitch in after Rep. Fattah contacted him for help. Rendell, in an interview, estimated that the Philadelphia congressman and his wife had spent $250,000 to help Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 30, and said the costs had become a "little bit of a struggle" for the family.
NEWS
August 4, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ERIC MENCHER
Participants in the National Town Watch Night Out/Drug Free In '93 March and Rally gathered last night at Queen Lane and Pulaski Avenue in Germantown. The event is part of a public awareness campaign to help reduce the demand for drugs. State Sen. Chaka Fattah served as campaign chairman.
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June 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHAKA FATTAH has grown accustomed to the sound of footsteps. Federal prosecutors have been following the longtime Philadelphia congressman for eight years - subpoenaing his emails and congressional records, auditing his nonprofits and flipping his political confidants - as they seek to build a corruption indictment against him. Fattah, 58, has been tapping his campaign war chest to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. He's in a "safe" district, so he doesn't need the campaign money to, ya know, campaign.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
UPDATE: A new trial date of Sept. 14, 2015, was set today for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s trial on fraud charges . AN APPEALS COURT yesterday ruled in favor of the U.S. government in a fraud case against Chaka Fattah Jr., paving the way for a new trial date to be set in federal court against the son of the prominent U.S. congressman. Fattah Jr., 32, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, is not a lawyer but is representing himself. He was indicted by the feds in July, charged with defrauding several banks, the IRS and the School District of Philadelphia of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Jeremy Roebuck and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
In many Philadelphia political circles, it's considered a given: Chaka Fattah is a goner. Sooner or later (and probably sooner), a long-running federal investigation will likely force the 10-term Philadelphia Democrat out of Congress. Or so went the insider thinking among politicos and lobbyists this month at the annual Pennsylvania Society parties. They even talked of who might succeed him. Although the probe of Fattah's use of federal earmarks has gained steam in recent months with guilty pleas from two former campaign aides, legal experts say building a case against any sitting congressman may be more difficult than it first appears.
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday granted permission for Chaka Fattah Jr. to represent himself in a tax and bank fraud case that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III agreed to allow Fattah, son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), to be his own lawyer. Before ruling, Bartle carefully instructed Fattah, 32, on each of the criminal charges he faced and added that the case carries a maximum penalty of 418 years in prison and $12.4 million in fines.
NEWS
November 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE VOTERS may still believe in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, but another member of his inner circle has bailed from the net closing in around him. Now Tom Lindenfeld, a Washington, D.C., political consultant, may help investigators land Fattah in an ongoing public-corruption probe. One day after Fattah collected 87 percent of the vote to win his 11th term in the 2nd District, Lindenfeld, 59, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in connection with an illegal $1 million loan he funneled into Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid. As part of the plea deal, Lindenfeld agreed to cooperate in the investigation linked to Fattah - who has not been charged - and to testify at trial if necessary.
NEWS
November 5, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
WE CALL IT the Daily News hot seat - a table at the Famous 4th Street Deli where Clout asks the city's politicians three questions each Election Day. The questions for yesterday's general-election crowd were: * Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia? * Who will be the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016? * And will U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah be seeking a 12th term in the U.S. House in two years or fighting a federal indictment? Yes, we save the zinger for our final question.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
U.S. REP. Chaka Fattah yesterday wondered aloud - into microphones held by reporters - whether federal investigators "have crossed the line" in a seven-year probe of his finances. Fattah, speaking at the grand opening of Dilworth Park on City Hall's western apron, offered no proof of any misconduct in an investigation the feds have never even confirmed to exist. "If we're looking for illegal activity or improper activity, some might want to question whether there has been any illegal activity in this investigation, whether the people who are pursuing these allegations have done anything wrong," Fattah said.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
U.S. REP. CHAKA FATTAH refused to say yesterday if he played a role in receiving and repaying an illegal $1 million 2007 campaign loan, which was disclosed last week when his longtime political consultant pleaded guilty to federal charges. "The one thing is, I'm not a lawyer, I'm not going to engage in it," Fattah said, responding to a question on WURD-900AM . "I'm not going to respond to an allegation that hasn't been made. " Those were the first public comments Fattah has made in the case since he was listed last week as "Elected Official A" in the federal guilty plea memorandum of his consultant, Greg Naylor.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah, and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
A longtime aide and political adviser to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) pleaded guilty Wednesday to concealing the misuse of $622,000 in campaign contributions and federal grant funds, in a case that appears to have led investigators straight to the congressman's door. Gregory Naylor, 66, admitted that he conspired with his boss - identified in court filings only as "Elected Official A" - to pay off a series of debts, including an unreported $1 million campaign donation, with grant funds and political contributions funneled through a series of nonprofits and consulting firms.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE FEDERAL investigation into U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's finances, eight years in the running now, just struck very close to home. Greg Naylor, Fattah's longtime political adviser and congressional staffer, admitted in federal court yesterday that he lied to investigators to conceal an illegal $1 million campaign loan received by someone identified as "Elected Official A" during the 2007 primary election for mayor. Naylor, 66, also admitted that he conspired with that elected official to use campaign funds to pay down $22,663 in college debt for the official's son. Fattah's son, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., has his own legal woes.
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