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July 29, 2015

Pa. Congressman Indicted for Corruption Involving Charity

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges that include alleged theft of charitable funds, NPR reports.

Along with four associates, the Pennsylvania Democrat faces charges stemming from a failed 2007 mayoral run in Philadelphia. Mr. Fattah and the others allegedly accepted an illegal $1-million loan from a donor. After he lost, they reportedly paid out $600,000 to a nonprofit they controlled. To conceal the payment to the now-defunct scholarship charity, the Educational Advancement Alliance, Mr. Fattah and the others allegedly created fake contracts, accounting records, tax returns, and financial-disclosure statements.

Other charges in the indictment include bribery and misuse of campaign funds to repay the student-loan debts of Mr. Fattah's son.

Mr. Fattah has been scrutinized before for his distribution of funds to nonprofit groups with which he was affiliated.