When a person in Pennsylvania is accused of illicit financial activities, the penalties for conviction may be quite severe. Especially in situations where the accused is a high profile government official, one's personal and professional reputation may be at stake. Often, such situations include allegations of money laundering and may have long-lasting negative impact on the family of a defendant.
In a recent unfolding of events, Congressman Chaka Fattah was asked to step down from his position as a Pennsylvania representative. The democratic leader was apparently convicted on 22 counts of fraud. The Speaker of the House made a public statement, saying that the congressman had betrayed the trust of the people in Pennsylvania and the institution he was sworn to uphold.
Fattah was convicted in federal court on various charges that included racketeering, bribery and other forms of fraud. He announced that his initially scheduled resignation in October 2016 would instead take effect immediately. Among the illegal activities for which he was convicted, Fattah is said to have borrowed $1 million during a recent failed campaign and was repaying it with monies acquired through federal grants and charitable donations.
Facing money laundering, racketeering or other financial criminal charges in Pennsylvania is obviously a serious matter. It is logical that one accused of such crimes would want to build as strong a defense as possible when preparing for court. There is often much an experienced criminal attorney is able to do on behalf of a client in order to maximize all options that might be available to combat any tactics used by the prosecution in its attempt to obtain a conviction.
Source: newsone.com, "Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah Guilty On All Corruption Charges", Charise Frazier, June 21, 2016