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.
August 24, 2011 |
ALITTLE MORE than two years after a federal district judge sentenced former State Sen. Vince Fumo to a 55-month prison term, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit yesterday tossed out the sentence and ordered a do-over. The 84-page decision affirmed Fumo's March 2009 conviction for bilking the state Senate, a museum and a South Philly nonprofit he founded. But the panel said that the sentence meted out by U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Buckwalter was replete with procedural errors and that he also had "abused" his discretion.
November 17, 2011 |
RUTH ARNAO, a longtime aide to Vince Fumo and later executive director of a nonprofit he founded, was "scared to death" she might be sent back to prison, her attorney said yesterday after her resentencing in federal court. She need not have worried about that. But U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter did stick her with half the tab - $783,264 - to repay now-defunct Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods for the fraud she and Fumo committed. Arnao, 55, was sentenced to a year and a day in July 2009 for 45 counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice, and Buckwalter resentenced her yesterday to the same amount of time.
August 23, 2011 |
A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel here affirmed the corruption conviction of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo today, but sent the case back to federal district court for resentencing. Fumo's one-time aide, Ruth Arnao, also is to be resentenced. The decision of the panel was not unanimous, however. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard L. Nygaard dissented, saying he would affirm both the convictions and sentences for Fumo and Arnao. Fumo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Buckwalter on July 14, 2009 to 55 months in federal prison after a jury convicted him in March 2009 on 137 counts of fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice.
January 19, 2011 |
The civic organization founded, funded, and then ripped off by disgraced former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo will live on. Created by Fumo under the name Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, it emerged Tuesday with a new name, a new executive director, and a renewed commitment to assisting fast-gentrifying Passyunk Avenue, east of Broad Street. The renamed Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp. will be headed by Sam Sherman Jr., an experienced housing developer who is to be paid $77,800 yearly and work a four-day week.
November 16, 2011 |
The eight-year saga of the Vincent J. Fumo federal investigation ended on a subdued note Wednesday when the former state senator's chief accomplice was resentenced - to time served. Ruth Arnao, a former top Fumo aide in the Senate, was resentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter after a hearing in which prosecutors said they do not expect to appeal her sentence or the one given Fumo last week. Ordered by an appeals court to redo sentencing hearings for Fumo and Arnao, Buckwalter simply reinstated Arnao's one-year term.
November 13, 2011 |
The prosecutors of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo fired back at the federal judge in the case Saturday, saying that his criticism of them was "fundamentally wrong and markedly unfair. " In a rare weekend court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorneys John J. Pease and Robert A. Zauzmer said U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter had improperly chastised them for "overcharging" Fumo, who was convicted of 137 criminal counts. "The number of charges represents not 'overcharging,' but the fact that the defendants engaged in a literal crime spree for more than 15 years, engaging in dozens of separate and lengthy schemes, which are carefully detailed in a minimal number of counts," they wrote.