Reporting Steve Tawa
By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Federal prosecutors who tried former State Senator Vince Fumo are seeking yet more restitution against the convicted former political power broker.
Late last year, Federal Judge Ronald Buckwalter added six months to Fumo’s sentence, and ordered him to pay an additional $1.1 million in restitution. That was over and above the $2.3-million check he made out, when he was first sentenced in 2009.
The resentencing happened after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals criticized Judge Buckwalter’s original 55-month sentence, on both an explanation of the process he used to determine jail time and ignoring losses in his fraud calculation.
Now, prosecutors contend that Fumo should put up another $800,000 to cover losses incurred by Citizens Alliance, the non-profit that Fumo founded.
That would bring Fumo’s total restitution to $4.2 million, including money to the Senate and the Seaport Museum, both of which were defrauded.
Prosecutors say they have a statutory obligation to seek full restitution, under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act, passed by Congress.