Feds want $4M from ex-Pa. Sen. Vincent Fumo

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo exits the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

December 14, 2012 10:59:19 AM PST
Lawyers for an imprisoned former leader of the Pennsylvania senate are fighting to keep his restitution below $4 million.

It's the second appeal in the nine-year fraud investigation of former Philadelphia powerbroker Vincent Fumo.

Fumo is serving a 5-year sentence for defrauding the senate and two nonprofits.

Federal prosecutors believe the wealthy lawyer has the money to pay the $4.2 million restitution himself.

Fumo argues that he should pay $2.3 million, the original amount set by the trial judge before it was raised to $3.5 million on appeal.

Codefendant Ruth Arnao, a longtime Fumo aide, is paying about $750,000. But prosecutors say Fumo enjoyed 96 percent of the stolen goods and services.

In a federal appeals court Friday, Fumo lawyer Peter Goldenberger called the original restitution order fair and legal.

Fumo is scheduled for release in 2013.


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