WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Fattah, a Democrat from the state of Pennsylvania, received the second-longest prison sentence for corruption ever imposed on a current or former member of the US House of Representatives, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
The 60-year-old former legislator is scheduled to begin his sentence on January 25.
In June, he was convicted in a racketeering conspiracy for using charitable funds and federal grants to repay $600,000 he had borrowed in a failed campaign to become mayor of Philadelphia. Fattah also used campaign funds to repay his son's student loans and planned a scheme to repay $130,000 to a political consultant using money from a federal grant.
Fattah served in Congress for 22 years before losing in a party primary in April. He resigned from office in October.