Fumo cancels party at mansion

Former Philadelphia State Senator Vincent Fumo leaves his Green St. home with fiance Carolyn Zinni in a black pickup truck on Wednesday morning August 7, 2013. He was driven by her to the halfway house on Whitaker and Erie. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
Former Philadelphia State Senator Vincent Fumo leaves his Green St. home with fiance Carolyn Zinni in a black pickup truck on Wednesday morning August 7, 2013. He was driven by her to the halfway house on Whitaker and Erie. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ) (DN)
Posted: September 21, 2013

There will be no party at the Fumo mansion after all.

Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has canceled a Sunday get-together for former staff members at his place in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section. He's been serving out the remainder of his federal prison sentence under house arrest in the 33-room house.

Sources who had been invited to the affair said they were told that federal prison officials weighed in against the event, concerned about the appearance that Fumo was throwing a celebration.

Fumo, 70, a powerful Democratic political figure for more than 30 years, was released last month from a federal prison in Ashland, Ky., where he spent four years after his 2009 conviction for defrauding the Senate and two nonprofit organizations.

He is scheduled to serve an additional four months, through Feb. 2, in home confinement, while working at the law firm of his lawyer, Dennis J. Cogan.

Cogan declined comment Thursday on Fumo's plans.

A federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said last week that there were still restrictions on Fumo's activity at home, based on a supervision plan developed by the agency's Community Corrections office, federal probation officers, and a private contractor supervising Fumo's case.

The supervision plan itself is not a public record, prison officials said. They did not return a phone call Thursday seeking information on their recent exchanges with Fumo about the planned gathering.


Contact Bob Warner at 215-854-5885 or warnerb@phillynews.com.

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