The Fattahs used the cash to help buy a $425,000 vacation home in the Poconos, but Chenault-Fattah kept the Porsche and even renewed its registration. She has contacted NBC 10 and stated in a letter that the car sale was legal and explains why the car remains at her home.
Rep. Chaka Fattah and others face charges of racketeering, bribery, mail fraud, and money laundering. Pretty serious stuff.
Renee Chenault-Fattah on leave at NBC10 after husband's indictment mentions her http://t.co/pnKBiWKYOz pic.twitter.com/My2TC4Jd36— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) July 30, 2015
Chenault-Fattah, 57, anchors the 5 and 6p.m. newscasts and has been at the station since 1991. She married the congressmen in 2001. This is the second time Chenault-Fattah has left the airwaves in connection to a news story involving a family member. In 2012, her 31 year old stepson Chip Fattah Jr. made headlines when FBI and U.S. Treasury Department agents raided his Center City Ritz-Carlton apartment and downtown law firm office. The younger Fattah was charged with counts of bank and wire fraud, theft, and making false statements to obtain loans. At the time Chennault-Fattah took an off air leave for about a week. This time however will probably be a lot longer. Management is never thrilled when their news staff becomes the news.
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=319939381&videoID=7G6XLJ2b85k1&origin=nbcphiladelphia.com&sec=news&subsec=local&width=600&height=360">>#BREAKING Congressman Chaka Fattah reacts to federal indictment from Washington --> http://t.co/KzL5YDqZSa https://t.co/3akpqj1gEX— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) July 29, 2015
Chenault-Fattah's reaction to the charges