July 11, 2013 |
Certainly there are second acts in American life, especially in politics. Anthony Weiner, the tighty-whitie selfie artist and former congressman who launched a thousand pun-filled tabloid headlines, is running for mayor of New York City. Indeed, he's leading in the polls. Eliot Spitzer, former governor and Client No. 9, who launched an equal number of headlines, is running for New York City comptroller. Imagine the possibility of a Weiner-Spitzer victory. Which is so not fair.
June 15, 2013 |
Imprisoned former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo on Thursday challenged the $3 million tax bill the IRS has newly levied against him, asking the federal courts to overturn the levy as unwarranted and unfair. In the filing by lawyer Mark E. Cedrone, Fumo, 70, says he expects to be released from federal prison in Kentucky in August. Fumo is fighting the IRS's claim that he owes about $2.1 million in back income taxes for the value of service he obtained in his crimes, $354,000 in penalties for abusing a nonprofit, and $503,000 in unpaid gift taxes on a big cash transfer to his son. His filing objects to liens the IRS placed in March against a number of Fumo properties, including his Victorian mansion in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section and a farm near Harrisburg that Fumo sold for $10 to his fiancee, Carolyn Zinni.
April 8, 2013 |
Just as he starts his final year in prison, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is facing a new problem: an IRS demand that he pay almost $3 million in back taxes and fines. In an unusually tough move, the federal tax agency late last month filed liens citing five properties to protect its claim on the money. The IRS placed liens naming Fumo's 33-room Victorian mansion in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section, three adjoining properties he owns in South Philadelphia, and, significantly, a 99-acre farm near Harrisburg that Fumo sold for $10 to his fiancee two years ago. In a letter to Fumo, the agency said he appeared to be trying to hide his assets.
March 15, 2013 |
In its novel-like presentment alleging entrenched corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, a grand jury unveiled a big cast of supporting characters - some prominent, others not. None of these players was named or charged. But from interviews and context clues in the report, some identities emerged. Among those cited in the report - at least 65 times - was "Senator #6. " That would be disgraced and imprisoned former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. Fumo, serving time for his 2009 corruption conviction, is a spectre cited throughout the 85-page presentment as someone who had "tremendous influence" at the Turnpike Commission.
February 6, 2013 |
Convicted former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo must pay much more in restitution to one of his victims, a federal appeals panel ruled Monday. In another rebuke to U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, the panel said Buckwalter had imposed too light a burden on Fumo in resentencing him in 2011. The appeals court returned the case to Buckwalter to decide precisely how much Fumo should pay, but it strongly suggested he pay as much as an additional $800,000. Two years ago, Buckwalter ordered Fumo and a former aide convicted with him, Ruth Arnao, to split 50/50 about $1.6 million in restitution due a South Philadelphia civic-improvement organization.
February 2, 2013 |
As a Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, Fortunato "Fred" Perri Sr. cultivated a public image as a tough guy. His nickname was "the Terminator" - a reflection of his supposed willingness to jail bad drivers. But for a favored few, Perri couldn't have been friendlier. "When you call, I move, brother, believe me," he allegedly assured a Southwest Philadelphia businessman said to be in league with him in the fixing of tickets. "It will be all right. Don't worry about it," he reportedly told the same businessman on another occasion, assuring him that a ticket would be fixed as promised.
February 1, 2013
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, 69, was recovering Thursday from bypass surgery in Kentucky, sources said. Fumo, who has been serving a five-year sentence in federal prison stemming from charges that he defrauded the Pennsylvania Senate and a nonprofit, is expected to leave the hospital and return to his Ashland, Ky., prison early next week. Doctors had discovered three blockages during an exam. Sources said the surgery went well. - Miriam Hill
February 1, 2013 |
As a judge in Philadelphia Traffic Court, Fortunato "Fred" Perri Sr. cultivated a public image as a tough guy. His nickname was "The Terminator" - a reflection of his supposed willingness to jail bad drivers. But for a favored few, Perri couldn't have been friendlier. "When you call, I move, brother, believe me," Perri allegedly assured a Southwest Philadelphia businessman said to be in league with him in the fixing of tickets. "It will be alright. Don't worry about it," he reportedly told the same businessman on another occasion, assuring him a ticket would be fixed, as promised.
January 26, 2013
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was back at his Kentucky federal prison Friday after a visit to a nearby hospital to investigate three heart blockages discovered during a checkup. Doctors have recommended that Fumo, 69, have heart bypass surgery to deal with one, in which an artery is 95 percent closed. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) said he had talked to members of Fumo's family, who said they were trying to determine where to have the surgery. Fumo's family had hoped to have him treated at a hospital in Philadelphia, but that will be difficult because he is a federal prisoner.