July 19, 2014 |
Frank A. "Hank" Salvatore, 92, of Somerton, a Republican from Northeast Philadelphia who served as an elected official at the state level for almost three decades, died Wednesday, July 16, of causes related to aging at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was nicknamed Hank by his buddies while growing up in North Philadelphia, and the name stuck. He served six terms as a state representative from the 170th Legislative District and then four terms as a state senator from the Fifth Senatorial District.
July 11, 2014 |
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, on probation for his corruption conviction, can travel a bit more freely under a ruling issued Wednesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter dropped the standard requirement that Fumo obtain advance approval from his probation officer before each long-distance trip. But he said Fumo would have to file an itinerary each Monday with the probation office listing all of his planned trips for the week ahead. Fumo had asked Buckwalter, who presided over the trial in which a jury found him guilty of all 137 counts in a sweeping indictment against him, to let him travel without any advance approvals.
July 4, 2014 |
Federal prosecutors objected Wednesday to a request by former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to travel without advance approval. "There is no reason that defendant Fumo should be treated differently than any other defendant, simply because he owns or controls more homes than the average convicted defendant," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer wrote in a court filing. Zauzmer, a key member of the team that brought the case leading to Fumo's conviction on corruption charges, urged U.S. District Court Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter to reject Fumo's request to travel long distances without getting permission from his probation officer.
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.