July 30, 2015

NBC 10 Renee Chenault-Fattah On Leave After Husband's Indictment

Renee Chenault-Fattah long time news anchor and the wife of the indicted United States Representative Chaka Fattah has temporarily left the anchoring chair at NBC 10. Chenault-Fattah was not charged by the U.S. attorney's office but she was mentioned in the 85-page indictment. She was a participant, according to the indictment, in a scheme to falsely report the sale of her 1989 Porsche Carrera convertible to a lobbyist for $18,000.

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.

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

Chenault-Fattah's reaction to the charges

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