Former Philadelphia Anchor’s Husband Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

By Mark Joyella 

A federal judge on Monday sentenced former Congressman Chaka Fattah to ten years in prison following his conviction on charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

Fattah is the husband of former Philadelphia news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, who left Philadelphia NBC-owned station WCAU in February. She had been on leave from the station since July 2015 after being identified in her husband’s indictment on federal charges.

Fattah was convicted in June of using government grants and charity money to fund his campaign and to pay personal expenses, with U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle calling the crimes “astonishing” given the Fattahs together earned more than $500,000 a year.


The couple’s son, Chaka “Chip” Fattah was found guilty on 22 of 23 counts of fraud a year ago, and is currently serving a five year prison sentence.