Anchor denies sham Porsche sale; congressman husband charged

Chaka Fattah
In this May 7, 2015 photo, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., speaks during a My Brother's Keeper town hall at the School of the Future in Philadelphia. Fattah, an 11-term Democrat from Philadelphia, was indicted Wednesday, July 29, 2015, on charges that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia news anchor says authorities were wrong to cite the sale of her Porsche as evidence of wrongdoing in the indictment of her congressman husband.

Renee Chenault-Fattah (sheh-NAWLT’ fah-TAH’) says she sold the car to a family friend for $18,000 because she and Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah needed the money to close on a vacation home.

Federal prosecutors say it was a sham sale designed to hide a bribe from a lobbyist. They allege the car never changed hands and that paperwork was falsified.

The newswoman sent a letter Thursday to her station, WCAU-TV (, saying she kept the car after the sale partly because the buyer didn’t have a garage.

Chenault-Fattah is not charged in the case. She’s on leave from WCAU.

Her husband has also denied wrongdoing.

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