PA-2: Fattah’s Wife Placed on Leave at NBC10
Yesterday, Chaka Fattah was indicted on 29 counts including racketeering, bribery and money laundering.
Last year, Chaka Fattah Jr. got in his own trouble after allegedly filing false tax returns.
Now, Renee Chenault-Fattah is being implicated in at least one of her husband’s schemes.
According to Chris Palmer of the Inquirer, the indictment mentions that Chenault-Fattah sought to sell her 1989 Porsche Carrera for $18,000 to lobbyist Herbert Vederman (who was among those indicted along with the Congressman).
Vederman sent over the cash, which was used to help buy a vacation home for the family in the Poconos.
The problem? Apparently, Chenault-Fattah never sold the car.
She renewed the car’s registration, had it serviced and adjusted the insurance all after the supposed sale. Federal agents also found the car in her garage.
During this time, Rep. Fattah hired Vederman’s girlfriend to his staff.
Chenault-Fattah has been placed on leave at her job on NBC10 as anchor on the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
It is not immediately clear what long-term effect this case will have on her career. She has worked for Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate since 1991.
UPDATE: Chenault-Fattah wrote a letter to NBC10 denying any wrongdoing, stating that “both the indictment and media accounts are incorrect.”