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August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo returns to Philly on Tuesday, 1,436 days after he surrendered at a federal prison outside of Ashland, Ky., to serve time on public-corruption charges. Fumo must report to the Kintock Group, a 400-bed halfway house on Erie Avenue at Whitaker Avenue, which describes itself as a "residential environment for male and female offenders who are beginning their transition back to the community. " If that goes well, Fumo will return home to his mansion on Greene Street near 22nd Street in Fairmount to finish his sentence under house arrest.
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August 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is scheduled to leave federal prison in Ashland, Ky., Tuesday morning after spending four years behind bars, his lawyers said. Fumo, 70, a longtime power broker in city and state politics, will live in a North Philadelphia halfway house and work as a $10-an-hour office assistant at his attorney's law firm. His fiancee, Carolyn Zinni, is scheduled to pick him up and make the drive of more than 500 miles back to Philadelphia. Zinni does not fly, his lawyers said.
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August 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge ruled against former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and in favor of one of his daughters Thursday in a bitter legal struggle over trust-fund money. Orphans' Court Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe appointed Sylvia DiBona, godmother to 23-year-old Allison Fumo, as trustee and declared the ex-senator's choice null and void. The elder Fumo created a limited partnership to benefit Allison Fumo and his son, Vincent E., now 44. The family partnership and related trusts were worth about $2.5 million to the children.
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August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A JUDGE yesterday rejected a bid by former state Sen. Vince Fumo to put a friend of 50 years in charge of a trust fund set up for two of his three children. Common Pleas Judge Joseph O'Keefe voided Fumo's appointment of Dr. Anthony Repici, once his personal physician, as trustee for the fund. He also rejected a request from Fumo's attorney to keep the case open long enough for the former Democratic power to testify. Fumo is due to be released from federal prison on Tuesday. Fumo's daughter, Allison, 23, had asked the court to either dissolve the trust or name as trustee Sylvia DiBona, her godmother and widow of Independence Blue Cross chief executive G. Fred DiBona Jr. O'Keefe appointed DiBona yesterday, ordering "that all property, books, accounts, papers and moneys belonging" to the trust be delivered to her. "We're very sorry that it took litigation to get to this point," said Don Foster, Allison Fumo's attorney.
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July 14, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
AN ATTORNEY for jailed former state Sen. Vince Fumo complained in court yesterday that the once powerful Democrat, in a legal battle with his daughter, has been cast as King Lear, the tragic figure who goes mad trying to leave his holdings to his children. Normally you could chalk that up to overblown legal rhetoric. But with Fumo, who has a long history of relationships dissolving into disputes, attorney Thomas Leonard was spot on with the Shakespearean reference. The fight involves a trust fund Fumo set up with $3.2 million in 2006 for two of his three children, Vince Fumo Jr. and Allison Fumo.
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July 11, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Between tears and tissues, Vincent J. Fumo's younger daughter said from the witness stand Tuesday that she no longer has faith in him. "I don't trust my father, unfortunately," Allison Fumo, 23, testified. Her brother, Vincent E. Fumo, 44, said much the same. He said his father wanted to win "at all costs" - even if it meant draining every dollar from a $2.5 million trust fund set up for him and his sister. As the former state senator and Democratic powerhouse closes in on release from federal prison, the painful details of a new rift with his children were being laid bare in a fourth-floor courtroom in City Hall.
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July 11, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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June 15, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 8, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy and Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writers
  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.
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March 15, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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