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Co-defendants of disgraced former congressman sentenced

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 14, 2016 5:44 AM
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Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks after leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

(Philadelphia) -- Two Philadelphia residents will each serve prison time for their roles in helping disgraced former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah use charity and grant money to repay a $600,000 political debt.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports 58-year-old Karen Nicholas and 71-year-old Robert Brand were each sentenced Tuesday in Philadelphia federal court.

Nicholas, who was head of Fattah's education nonprofit, will serve two years behind bars for helping the Democrat funnel money from the Educational Advancement Alliance to repay his debt.

Brand, a businessman and friend of Fattah's, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for acting as an intermediary for the illegal payments.

Fattah's debt stemmed from his failed run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007. He was sentenced on Monday to serve 10 years in prison.

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