Philadelphia congressman resigns following fraud conviction

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Congressman Chaka Fattah Submits Resignation Following Conviction In Racketeering Case

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah resigned from Congress on Thursday, two days after he was convicted of orchestrating multiple frauds aimed at enriching himself and preserving his political career.

Fattah indicated earlier that he intended to resign on Oct. 3, the date of his sentencing, to provide for "an orderly transition" from office after 21 years in Congress.

"Upon reflection, I hereby make official my resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives effective immediately," Fattah wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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The 59-year-old congressman, who represented parts of Philadelphia, was found guilty on Tuesday of more than two dozen counts of racketeering, bribery and fraud following a month-long trial in federal court in Philadelphia.

Fattah lost the Democratic primary in April, months after being charged in a wide-ranging indictment alongside four associates.

Prosecutors said Fattah misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign, charity and taxpayer money in a series of schemes stretching over several years.

Some of the frauds stemmed from Fattah's unsuccessful 2007 mayoral campaign, which left him deeply in debt to several supporters.

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Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., exits the federal courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks from the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., top center, speaks outside of the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., speaks outside of the federal courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, left, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama, center, stand with Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., left, at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Obama told the audience that the mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed after the fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has a corrosive effect on all of America, not just on black communities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., is seen during Democratic National Committee event Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Vice President Joe Biden talks to Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., during Martin Luther King day of service event, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Girard College in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., at Girard College, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., center, flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, right, speaks outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, after an event hosted by President Barack Obama about the Promise Zones Initiative. The Promise Zone Initiative is part of a plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA - Congressman Chaka Fattah discusses advancing underrepresented youth in STEM at the STEM Great Think roundtable, hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) at Oracle Conference Center on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Redwood City, Calif. The STEM Great Think is BGCA's signature thought leadership forum that convened more than 50 organizations from higher education, government, non-profit and corporate sectors. (Alison Yin/AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
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(Reporting by Kouichi Shirayanagi; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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