PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - Former Rep. Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to 10 years for misspending government grants and charity money to fund his campaign and personal expenses. He said he was saddened to find himself in court for sentencing in his criminal case but grateful for the work he was able to do.
He's due to surrender in prison on Jan. 25, 2017.
The Philadelphia Democrat spent two decades in Congress. His sentencing hearing lasted about 90 minutes.
Fattah told Bartle he "helped tens of millions of people" during his 37-year political career that focused on housing, education and other programs for his low-income district.
He said he was sorry the jury "found him on the wrong side of these questions" and apologized to the four aides and friends convicted with him.
His lawyers plan to appeal the 18-count conviction.