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Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Image via Pixabay_
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Prosecutors: Congressman led ‘white-collar crime spree’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a veteran congressman on trial in a racketeering case led a “white-collar crime spree” that stretched from Philadelphia to Washington.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s monthlong corruption trial is nearing an end with closing arguments Monday from Justice Department lawyer Jonathan Kravis.

The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is accused of taking an illegal $1 million campaign loan to help pay for his failed 2007 mayoral bid.

Prosecutors say he also used federal grants and nonprofit funds to enrich his family and friends.

Defense lawyers say Fattah’s former political consultants devised the schemes. Two have pleaded not guilty and testified against him.

Fattah’s lawyers are expected to make closing arguments later in the day.

Fattah lost his bid for re-election in the April primary.

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