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 (http://bit.ly/1JyK3J8), 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.