June 27, 2014 |
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo is making the rounds while a federal judge considers his request to launch a lobbying firm. Fumo visited the Senate Democratic Caucus meeting in Harrisburg last week. He also took a tour of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority's Wholesale Produce Market. Those seem like excellent places to glad-hand with old friends and allies who might someday become or refer fee-paying clients. Fumo declined to comment yesterday about last week's visits, following the advice of his defense attorney, Dennis Cogan . Cogan last week asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to allow Fumo to "interact with friends, and former colleagues, and other business acquaintances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in order to try to develop a consulting business, and to pursue other business opportunities.
June 20, 2014 |
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has provided another clue about his plans. In a new court filing, Fumo's lawyer asked a federal judge to let the former senator travel without advance approval from his probation officer. That, Dennis J. Cogan said, would make it easier for Fumo to meet with his "many friends, business, and political contacts" in a hunt for business opportunities, including starting a "consulting business. " No further details were provided. Fumo is 71, "in poor health," and needs to find work in light of the "enormous amount" he has spent on legal bills and restitution, Cogan wrote in his filing to U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter.
June 8, 2014 |
A federal judge has given a victory to former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and rebuked the IRS, ruling that the tax agency overreached in freezing Fumo's bank accounts and slapping emergency liens on his many properties. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, in an opinion made public Friday, said the IRS had been unduly suspicious of Fumo when it filed a "jeopardy assessment and levy" against him in March after he transferred $920,000 to his son, Vincent E., and shifted the ownership of many of his houses.
May 22, 2014 |
In the last act of the long-running corruption case against former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, a federal judge on Tuesday ordered him to pay almost $400,000 in additional restitution. Afterward, Fumo, 71, stood outside the federal courthouse and noted that the FBI investigation that led to his conviction began a decade ago. "It's been 10 years, and today I think I know what my sentence is," the former Democratic power said. The ruling by U.S. District Court Ronald L. Buckwalter resolved a financial issue that lingered after Fumo served his 61-month prison sentence.
May 22, 2014 |
YOU PROBABLY thought former state Sen. Vince Fumo's federal corruption case was all over. He served his prison sentence. He spent the last part of it, almost six months, under home confinement in his Spring Garden mansion on Green Street near 22nd. But wait. The government had appealed U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter's ruling on how much Fumo owed in restitution to a South Philly nonprofit, the former Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. So yesterday, a whitish-gray-haired Fumo, 71, dressed in a dark suit, was back before Buckwalter for a restitution hearing.
May 12, 2014 |
Its name is a mighty mouthful - Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel - so friends of the century-old rowhouse synagogue, the last of its kind in South Philadelphia, call it simply the "Little Shul. " Constructed in 1895, consecrated as a house of worship in 1909, condemned and repaired in 2008, the time-worn building on South Fourth near Emily Street is all that remains of about 150 rowhouse shuls that dotted the city's eastern wards south of Washington Avenue in a busy quadrant of Jewish immigrant life.
February 12, 2014 |
John Pease helped lead health-care fraud investigations - as well as sending former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to prison - before leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia in January 2013. Now, as senior counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Pease will be on the other side of a health-care legal fight. Teva said Monday, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, that it was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan over sales practices related to its best-selling drug, Copaxone.
January 27, 2014 |
When a student at Dudley Elementary School in Camden asked Gov. Christie on Thursday what his favorite movie was, you might have guessed where things were headed. " The Godfather ," Christie replied. "There are a lot of life lessons in there. " This was perhaps fitting, since the Republican governor stands accused of running his administration like a mob family, scattering a trail of (figuratively) whacked enemies across New Jersey. Christie's predicament shines a light on the dark art of political retribution.
December 6, 2013 |
After three decades in the state Senate and four years in prison, Vincent J. Fumo is eyeing a political comeback. In a sworn deposition filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week, Fumo said he was contemplating "running for a party office. " A party office, not a public one. Fumo, 70, went on to say he was considering seeking election to Democratic State Committee. State law bans politicians convicted of serious crimes from serving as elected public officials.
November 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA When things were good between Vince Fumo and Andy Cosenza, they saw themselves as brothers. Fumo would sign off his e-mails from prison as "Big Bro. " Cosenza was "lil bro. " Then, from behind bars, the former state senator accused Cosenza of misappropriating money from Fumo's old campaign fund. Fumo claimed in a lawsuit that Cosenza in 2010 had steered some $20,000 to himself and one of his businesses. Now, Fumo may have more reason to be incensed. In a belated disclosure, Cosenza has made a startling admission: The Fumo political fund he chairs made $253,000 in payments to Cosenza and his companies in early 2011.