After being sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 23-count conviction for racketeering, fraud and other corruption charges, disgraced former Congressman Chaka Fattah was released from prison last July after about one year.
But the icing on this crooked cake is that Fattah is collecting a taxpayer-funded pension. The estimated pension is at least $55,000 per year. Fattah is only 64 years old, so his estimated lifetime pension is $1 million...
After Congress tightened ethics laws, convicted members of Congress were supposed to lose federal pensions. However, the law was riddled with loopholes, leaving convicted felons to collect taxpayer-funded pensions.
Mr. Fattah resigned from Congress two days after being convicted in June. He has denied the charges.
“He used his position in Congress to benefit himself, rather than his constituents,” U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said of Mr. Fattah after the sentencing.
FOX Chicago News learned exclusively that Illinois' former governor is now washing pots and pans, and could soon be teaching Shakespeare and Greek mythology to other inmates. That's what we heard Sunday from Sam Adam Jr. and his father, Sam Adam Sr., who spent 90 minutes with Blagojevich inside the prison Sunday morning.
Democrat, Crime, Hate, Character, Greed, Assault, Murder
Donna Hylton, a convicted murderer involved in kidnapping a man and torturing him, was among those featured on night one of the Democratic National Convention (DNC)...
In 1985, Hylton was convicted of murder in the second degree and two counts of kidnapping in the first degree, spending 27 years in jail before being paroled in 2012. Hylton, along with six other people, played a role in kidnapping, torturing and murdering 62-year-old New York businessman Thomas Vigliarolo, according to the charges.
Hylton was also included in a list put together by the DNC of “some of America’s most impactful community leaders.” The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller...
They also “squeezed the victim’s testicles with a pair of pliers, beat him, burned him,” New York City Detective William Spurling told Psychology Today. He was stuffed in a trunk and left to rot after being murdered, the Psychology Today article noted.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Government, Financial, Fraud, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Corrine Brown, a former longtime United States representative from Florida, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for operating a fraudulent charity that she used for more than $300,000 in personal expenses, including tickets for N.F.L. games and a Beyoncé concert.
A federal judge handed down the sentence in a Jacksonville, Fla., courtroom, excoriating Ms. Brown, 71, for abusing her powerful position in the House of Representatives for “entitlement and greed” to support a lavish lifestyle. Ms. Brown, a Democrat who represented parts of Jacksonville and northern Florida for nearly a quarter-century, must surrender to the authorities next month.
“Brazen barely describes it,” the judge, Timothy J. Corrigan of United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, said of Ms. Brown’s sham charity.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Sex, Degeneracy, Justice, Law, Convict
Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, is to appear in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Friday to enter a guilty plea...
Mr. Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, one of the people said. Mr. Weiner surrendered to the F.B.I. early Friday morning...
Mr. Weiner’s marriage to Ms. Abedin fell apart after new suggestive text messages surfaced in August, including one with an image of Mr. Weiner’s crotch as he lay next to the couple’s son, who was 4.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Financial, Fraud, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 fraud and tax evasion charges Thursday afternoon in a Jacksonville federal court. The charges stemmed from accusations she illegally siphoned thousands of dollars from her charity into her own bank account for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions.
"Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the congresswoman's official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund," Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, chief of the Justice Department's criminal division, said in a statement earlier this year.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Government, Character, Financial, Greed, Convict, Theft
Former Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah has received 10 years in prison for racketeering, fraud, and money-laundering after his conviction on June 22. A jury found Fattah guilty “on 22 counts related to misspending federal grant money and for schemes linked to an illegal $1 million loan he received from a friend to help fund a failed 2007 mayoral campaign in the city.”
The prosecutors said Fattah then “stole federal and charitable grant money to repay $600,000 of that loan.” Other schemes included accepting “$18,000 to try to help a friend win a presidential appointment as an ambassador, an effort that failed.” Instead, Fattah used that money as down payment on a Poconos vacation home “and to evade House ethics rules he said the money came from selling his wife’s Porsche.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Character, Financial, Fraud, Convict
The husband of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) will spend five months in prison for committing bank fraud as part of his efforts to keep afloat a nonprofit group that he ran. U.S. Senior District Judge James Moran handed down the punishment on Wednesday to Robert Creamer, who also will serve 11 months under house arrest.
The sentence fell far short of the three-year prison term that prosecutors were seeking for Creamer, who pleaded guilty last year to writing a series of bad checks worth millions of dollars to numerous banks to generate cash — a scheme known as check-kiting.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Financial, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Former California state Sen. Ron Calderon was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison in a corruption scandal in which he acknowledged taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento... Calderon was ordered to report to prison Jan. 3. The sentencing brought an end to an ugly chapter in California politics that saw three state Democratic senators indicted in 2014.
Democrat, Crime, Justice, Law, Convict
The state’s attorney general was convicted Monday of all nine counts against her in a perjury and obstruction case related to a grand jury leak.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the first Democrat and first woman elected to the office, showed little emotion as jurors announced their verdict late Monday. The jurors agreed Kane leaked information about a 2009 grand jury probe to embarrass a rival prosecutor.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Government, Financial, Greed, Justice, Law, Debt, Convict, Arrogance
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) was convicted Tuesday on federal racketeering and bribery charges, putting an ignominious stamp on the career of one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress and all but ensuring that his public life will be capped with a prison sentence... The verdict came after four weeks of testimony in which prosecutors painted the congressman as an arrogant lawbreaker who repeatedly turned to the money of others - taxpayers, charities, wealthy fund-raisers - to cover his personal and political debts.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Government, Greed, Justice, Corruption, Convict
Sheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker of the New York Assembly, was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came to symbolize Albany’s culture of graft... But none had the power, cachet or longevity that Mr. Silver, a Democrat, had enjoyed, and prosecutors sought to make an example of him...
The longest such sentence cited by the government was 14 years, the term imposed last year in the case of another former Democratic assemblyman, William F. Boyland Jr., who was tried and convicted in federal court in Brooklyn.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Financial, Greed, Convict
A federal judge has scheduled a new sentencing date for a former Arkansas Senate president who pleaded guilty to spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items...
Bookout is a Democrat from Jonesboro who was elected to the Senate in 2006 to replace his late father, Jerry Bookout. He was re-elected two more times before his resignation in 2013. Bookout pleaded guilty in March to a federal wire fraud charge for spending the campaign funds on clothing, liquor, a sound system and other personal items.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Guns, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Former California state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court Wednesday, admitting that he “knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person” to take part in a criminal enterprise and commit at least two offenses and affect state commerce. Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that he admitted his guilt and knew he could face a harsh sentence, which will be handed down on Oct. 21.
Yee was indicted in March 2014 on charges of accepting $62,000 in campaign contributions in return for legislative favors and offering to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mob figure.
Democrat, Crime, Degeneracy, Threats, Convict
A former city selectman, Stacie Laughton, has been sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term for reporting a bomb threat at a local hospital earlier this year... Last week, Laughton pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division... Laughton, a Democrat, is the state's first openly transgender legislator and previously served as a city selectman for Ward 4.
Democrat, Liberal, Election, Degeneracy, Fraud, Corruption, Jobs, Convict
A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on new felony charges, according to a special prosecutor. The forgery and perjury indictment of Del. Joseph D. Morrissey was returned and sealed the day before the election... Morrissey is spending nights in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor but is allowed out on work release during the day.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Republicans in New Hampshire’s state legislature have called for the first elected transgender official in the state -- and the nation -- to step down in light of a newspaper article that revealed her criminal past. Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit credit card fraud” in 2008.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Character, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin reported to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, on Monday to begin serving a 10-year sentence. Nagin arrived at the facility shortly before noon. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he entered the lockup.
Wright, now rather infamously, continues to serve in the Senate despite having been found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud, centered around the Senator falsely saying that he lived in a place where prosecutors convinced jurors he, in fact, did not live at all.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Tax, Character, Greed, Corruption, Convict, Theft
The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion. City News Service says former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday by a federal judge. The 60-year-old Rizzo pleaded guilty in January... When he was fired by Bell in 2010 Rizzo had an annual salary and benefits package of $1.5 million.
Democrat, Crime, Election, Character, Funny, Convict
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) announced Monday he will enter the race to replace Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in the state's 6th Congressional District. Edwards, the 86-year-old who served an eight-year prison sentence after leaving office, told a crowd in the state he would reenter the political fray... He was released from prison in 2011 after being convicted of racketeering charges in 2001, years after he had already left office.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Election, Government, Fraud, Greed, Corruption, Convict
On paid leave as he prepares to fight felony convictions for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) said Monday he is finding it frustrating to be away from the policy debate in Sacramento... Still, after the conviction, Wright requested and was granted a paid leave of absence pending his sentencing hearing on May 16...
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Hate, Violence, Character, Sex, Assault, Convict
Yesterday the Massachusetts state house voted, 146–5, to expel Representative Carlos Henriquez, a Democrat who was convicted in January of assaulting a woman... The misdemeanor convictions in question are two counts of assault and battery: The jury found that Henriquez had held down his girlfriend at the time and punched her repeatedly in the chest after she refused to have sex with him...
Photographs of Gonzalves’s injuries were displayed outside the house chamber during the vote. Members said they “showed multiple black-and-blue marks on her chest, torso and arms,” according to the Boston Globe’s account.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Greed, Corruption
In the papers filed on Tuesday, prosecutors applied for orders forfeiting the pension benefits of former New York Councilmen Miguel Martinez and Larry Seabrook. They also filed papers against Hiram Monserrate, a former New York councilman and state senator, and Sandy Annabi, a former Yonkers councilwoman, in an effort to locate the pension benefits they have already received, to satisfy outstanding forfeiture judgments handed down against them. All are Democrats.
Democrat, Crime, Character, Degeneracy, Academia, Convict
The president of the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Young Democrats chapter is a convicted child sex offender, Campus Reform has learned. Bill “Billy” Wayne Johnson, who is listed on the school’s official website as the primary contact for the student organization, was registered as a sex offender in April of 2010, according to Texas DPS SEX Offender registry.
Democrat, Crime, Character, Fraud, Convict
A Democratic researcher pleaded guilty yesterday to misrepresenting herself on a Web site as Michael S. Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, and fraudulently obtaining his credit report last summer. Under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, the misdemeanor charge against Lauren B. Weiner, a former staff member of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, could be dropped in a year if she completes 150 hours of community service and commits no other offenses.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Government, Greed, Convict
Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned. He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars – for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance” and furniture purchased for his home.
Democrat, Crime, Election, Character, Convict
DETROIT (WWJ) Among the new group of state lawmakers to emerge from Election Day on Tuesday is Brian Banks, who has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud. Banks, a Democrat and lifelong Detroiter, won a seat in Lansing as a state representative for the 1st District, representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes. He won 68 percent of the vote to Republican Dan Schulte’s 32 percent. Banks, 35, was convicted eight times between 1998 and 2004 of writing bad checks and credit card fraud. His slogan was “You can Bank on Banks.”
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Financial, Funny, Greed, Convict
Prince George’s County Council member Leslie E. Johnson resigned Tuesday, five days after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges... Johnson admitted last week in federal court that she destroyed a $100,000 check from a developer to her husband, former County Executive Jack B. Johnson, and stuffed nearly $80,000 in illicit cash into her underwear to hide it from investigators who were knocking at her front door. She faces up to a year and a half in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 13 on charges of conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering. Johnson, a Democrat, had been facing increasing pressure to step down from council members who felt her continued presence would become a major distraction in coming months and slow the learning process for her eventual successor.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that those arrested for even minor violations may be strip-searched before being admitted to jail, saying safety concerns outweigh personal privacy rights... “There is a substantial interest in preventing any new inmate, either of his own will or as a result of coercion, from putting all who live or work at these institutions at even greater risk when he is admitted to the general population,” Kennedy wrote.
Democrat, Scandal, Corruption, Convict
Defiant Bay State lawmakers saw no need to change their Beacon Hill ways yesterday, despite the stunning news that their erstwhile leader, disgraced ex-House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, had been found guilty of extortion, fraud and corruption — the third speaker in a row to be convicted on federal charges.
The Department of Justice announced today that Walter E. Fauntroy, former Delegate to the House of Representatives from the District
of Columbia, has been charged with one federal felony in an information filed
today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and that Fauntroy
has agreed to plead guilty to the charges.
Representative Mario Biaggi, the senior member of New York City's Congressional delegation, was convicted yesterday of 15 felony counts in the Wedtech racketeering trial.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached Hastings for bribery and perjury by a lopsided vote of 413 to 3. Then the Democrat-controlled Senate convicted him on eight articles of impeachment by well over the required two-thirds majority in 1989. Thus Mr. Hastings became only the sixth judge in the history of our Republic (and only the third in the 20th Century) to be removed by Congress.
Former District of Columbia Delegate Walter Fauntroy was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of falsifying a financial report to Congress.
DETROIT -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can't say he has nothing to do in prison.
Democrat, Violence, Convict
The mayor of one of New York City's largest suburbs resigned Friday, two months after his conviction on domestic violence charges brought by his wife.
White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, who is appealing, said he had to spend more time on the case than he expected, and more than a mayor can afford.
From his days in the governor's office to his years in a prison cell, Dan Walker has lived a life story worth telling.
Democrat, Crime, Government, Character, Scandal, Law, Convict
Webster Hubbell once the third-ranking official of the U.S. Justice Department was disbarred yesterday in his home state after his guilty plea to a Whitewater-related criminal charge.
Former Sen. Wayne Bryant, once a titan of New Jersey politics, was sentenced Friday to four years in federal prison for trading his clout as budget chairman for a low-work job to boost his taxpayer-funded pension.
Former housing secretary Henry G. Cisneros pleaded guilty yesterday to a single misdemeanor charge of lying to the FBI about money he paid to a former mistress
DETROIT — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can't say he has nothing to do in prison.
A federal judge on Wednesday said Kilpatrick can look at 24 discs loaded with evidence that could be used in the corruption case against him.
The pre-sentencing reports for former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance and his son, state District Judge Garey Ballance, both of Warren County, have been completed; the next step is scheduling of their sentence hearings.
Both pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to the misuse of state money.
Democrat, Scandal, Press, Bias
CVS Corp., the number two US drugstore chain, said former Rhode Island state Senator John A. Celona will plead guilty to federal charges as part of investigations into business relationships between politicians and the company.
The Department of Justice announced
today that Carl "Chris" Perkins, a former Kentucky Congressman,
has been charged with three federal felony charges in a U.S.
District Court in Washihngton, D.C., and that Perkins has agreed
to plead guilty to the charges.