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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This is a joke, right??

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has sentenced former Pennsylvania Sen. Vince Fumo to 55 months in prison for corruption.

In additon to prison, the judge ordered Fumo to pay about $2 million restitution, including $1.3 million to the Senate, plus pay $411,000 in fines and $676,519 to Fumo's nonprofit group known as Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods.

He must surrender himself to prison by August 31 to begin serving his 4 years and 7 months sentence.

Federal prosecutors say the wealthy Fumo stole not because he needed money but because "he was drunk with power." They had sought a sentence of more than 15 years.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter departed down from the guideline range of about 10 to 20 years, citing Fumo's public service.

His voice breaking, Fumo told the judge he loved his job and never intended to steal from the Senate.

Fumo misappropriated millions of dollars from the state and two nonprofits. A jury found the Philadelphia Democrat used their coffers to clean his mansion, charter yachts, and spy on an ex-girlfriend and political foes.

Fumo survived two earlier indictments in his 30-year political career.

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