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February 02, 2016

Chaka Fattah Jr. sentenced to five years for fraud

He was immediately taken into custody

Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was sentenced to five years behind bars Tuesday on charges of federal bank and tax fraud.

Following Tuesday's sentencing, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 33, was immediately taken into custody.

His father, who faces charges in a separate case, was also present, according to NBC10.

In November, a federal jury found Fattah Jr. guilty on 22 of 23 federal bank and tax fraud charges. He was accused of defrauding the IRS and the Philadelphia School District of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Fattah Jr. also made false statements to multiple banks in order to obtain loans and business lines of credit to finance personal expenses.

NBC10 reports that Fattah Jr. told the media he plans to appeal the verdict, adding that the evidence presented against him by federal prosecutors was "prejudicial."

Read the full NBC10 report here.