Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Former Pennsylvania State Senator Convicted Of Public Corruption Charges
Vincent J. Fumo, 65, and a former State Representative, was convicted yesterday on all 137 counts, including conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax violations, by a jury at his public corruption trial in Philadelphia. Fumo (Democrat-South Philadelphia), was convicted of defrauding the state and two non-profit organizations out of $3.5 million as well as using state employees and consultants to do political work and run personal errands. Fumo was accused of helping to defraud a community group he helped found, the Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, by using $1.4 million of its money to buy tools and other goods, to conduct political polls and to file a lawsuit against a Republican enemy. Fumo is allegedly a member of Mensa, the genius organization.