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November 17, 2011 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 did 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.
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August 24, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
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.
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August 23, 2011 | By Michael Hinkelman, Staff Writer
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.
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November 17, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
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.
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November 15, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A LONGTIME close ally of disgraced ex-state Sen. Vince Fumo cut a deal with prosecutors and won't be going to prison for his role in a political-corruption scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Mitchell Rubin, the Philadelphia political insider who once chaired the turnpike panel, will get two years' probation after pleading guilty yesterday in Harrisburg to a misdemeanor charge. Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Lewis also ordered Rubin - the husband of Fumo's onetime close aide Ruth Arnao - to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, after he pleaded guilty to one count of commercial bribery.
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February 5, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 13, 2011 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 15, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A LONGTIME close ally of disgraced ex-state Sen. Vince Fumo cut a deal with prosecutors and won't be going to prison for his role in a political-corruption scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Mitchell Rubin, the Philadelphia political insider who once chaired the turnpike panel, will get two years' probation after pleading guilty yesterday in Harrisburg to a misdemeanor charge. Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Lewis also ordered Rubin - the husband of Fumo's onetime close aide Ruth Arnao - to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, after he pleaded guilty to one count of commercial bribery.
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May 22, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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February 6, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 16, 2012 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imprisoned former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo may well have to pay an additional $800,000 in restitution, judging from the tenor of questioning Friday by appellate judges considering a government appeal of Fumo's financial penalty. The U.S. prosecutors who won his fraud conviction have challenged part of his punishment, in which the sentencing judge ordered a former Fumo aide to pay half the restitution to one of the victims in the fraud. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter ordered Fumo and the convicted ex-aide, Ruth Arnao, to split evenly the payment of almost $1.6 million owed to a South Philadelphia civic organization once known as Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods.
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December 15, 2012 | By Craig R. McCoy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Imprisoned former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo may well have to pay another $800,000 in restitution, judging from the tenor of questioning Friday by appellate judges considering a government appeal of Fumo's financial penalty. The U.S. prosecutors who won his conviction have challenged part of his punishment, in which the sentencing judge ordered a former Fumo aide to pay half the restitution to one of the victims in the fraud. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter ordered Fumo and the convicted ex-aide, Ruth Arnao, to split 50/50 payment of almost $1.6 million owed a South Philadelphia civic organization, once known as Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods.
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June 26, 2012 | John Baer
And now, because some sagas never end, we face another round of the U.S. vs. Vince Fumo. The feds, after winning their case against the former political powerhouse in March 2009 and after losing an effort to greatly extend his prison time last November, are back again. They want about $800,000 more from The Vince in restitution payments; this after just getting another $1 million-plus from the sale of Fumo's Fort Lauderdale house. It sold in April for $2.3 million.
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April 9, 2012 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Top officials at Philadelphia International Airport say they were never informed that the son of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo had acquired a share in an airport cheesesteak franchise, but they're not sure they care. "We probably will take a look at it," James Tyrrell, city deputy director of aviation, said in a telephone interview last week. "We really need to discuss it. I don't know if this is something we should be overly concerned about. " Vincent E. Fumo II filed suit in Common Pleas Court on March 29, complaining that he had paid $150,000 in 2009 for a 30 percent share of the cheesesteak business, but had received less than half the return promised - "a guaranteed return of $50,000 a year for every year that the restaurant was in business.
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